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    In this May 30, 2016, photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, speaks during a Phoenix Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

    Senator McCain Demands Transparent Probe Into US Navy Destroyer Collisions

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    US Senator John McCain said in a statement on Monday that he expects a full and transparent report from the US Navy on its investigations of recent Navy ship collisions.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — McCain also said he agrees with the operational pause announced earlier on Monday by the Navy because "more forceful action" is needed to figure out the cause and ways to prevent future collisions.

    "I expect full transparency and accountability from the Navy leaders as they conduct the associated investigations and reviews," McCain stated.

    The US destroyer John S. McCain — which is named after the senator’s father and grandfather — collided with a merchant ship on Monday near the Malacca straits. Five sailors were injured, and ten are still missing.

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a probe into recent collisions has been ordered. The defense secretary said there is a separate investigation underway that would determine what happened to US destroyer John S. McCain, which is damaged after colliding with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.

    The collision is the second by a US ship with a civilian vessel in the Seventh Fleet area of operations this summer.

    Seven Navy personnel were killed in the Fitzgerald collision, and the ship’s commander was relieved of duty last week.


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