Russian Navy Ship Maneuvers Unsafe, Unprofessional

June 7, 2019 – At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, Russian Project 1155 destroyer Admiral Vinogradov made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk. While Chancellorsville was recovering her helicopter on a steady course and speed when Admiral Vinogradov maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back…

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Seventh Fleet Announces USS Fitzgerald Accountability Determinations

The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on August 18. Additionally, a number of officer and enlisted watch standers were held accountable. The determinations were made following a thorough review of the facts and circumstances leading up to the June 17 collision between Fitzgerald and the merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, flawed watch stander teamwork and…

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