US Navy orders probe into Pacific fleet as nations search for missing sailors after collision

The US Navy ordered a broad investigation today into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 US sailors missing after an early morning collision between the USS John S McCain and an oil tanker.

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

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, will call for a pause in operations and seek a deeper look at how the US Navy trains and certifies its forces that are operating around Japan.

Mattis was speaking to reporters in Amman, Jordan, where he is traveling.

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