Were they hacked? US Navy to investigate whether BOTH warships that crashed into much larger merchant vessels with deadly results were the victims of a cyber attack

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

Admiral says Navy will ‘consider’ possibility that crashed ships were hacked
Adds that there are ‘no indications’ of hacking at this point in investigation
Broad investigation into the Pacific-based 7th Fleet ordered after second crash
USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday
10 American sailors are now missing as search and rescue mission continues
It is the second major collision in two months involving the Navy’s 7th Fleet
Seven died in June when USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan

By KEITH GRIFFITH
DAILYMAIL.COM
22 August 2017

A top admiral has said that the US Navy will ‘consider’ whether two fatal collisions this summer could have been the result of a cyber attack.

Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said on Monday that there were ‘no indications right now’ that the two ships were hacked, but added investigators ‘will consider all possibilities’.

The shocking possibility emerged as the Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet.

Early Monday, the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 American sailors missing and several others injured.

It was the second major collision in the last two months involving the Navy’s 7th Fleet, after seven sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided in waters off Japan on June 17.

Early Tuesday, three navies were hunting desperately for the McCain’s 10 missing sailors as the search and rescue mission dragged into a second day.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the USS Fitzgerald incident the Captain, the Executive Officer and Master Chief Petty Officer were removed from duty last week.

‘The collision was avoidable, and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship,’ the Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement, noting that ‘flawed’ teamwork among those assigned to keep watch contributed to the collision.

The Navy said the three had shown ‘inadequate leadership.’ Separately, seven junior officers were relieved of their duties because they had shown ‘poor seamanship’ and bad teamwork, 7th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Clay Doss said on Friday.

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