USS John S McCain Conducting Sea Trials After Collision Repairs

October 27, 2019 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) completed her necessary repairs and is underway to conduct comprehensive at sea testing. During the at-sea testing, the ship and her crew will perform a series of demonstrations to evaluate that the ship’s onboard systems meet or exceed Navy performance specifications. Among the systems that will be tested are navigation,…

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USS John S. McCain Leaves Dry Dock, Continues Repairs in Yokosuka

November 27, 2018 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) achieved a major milestone this week as it successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 27. This milestone is an important step in the ongoing effort to repair and restore one of the U.S. Navy’s most capable platforms, and reflects nearly a year’s…

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Senator McCain Joins USS John S. McCain Namesake

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in a ceremony on board, July 12. Commissioned in 1994, the destroyer already bears the names of Sen. McCain’s father, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., a former U.S. Pacific Command commander, and…

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Surface Warfare; Obtaining a Fix on Fleet NSS Skill Sets

Commander, Naval Surface Force (CNSF) and Surface Warfare Officer Schools (SWOS) Command continue to conduct officer of the deck (OOD) competency checks across fleet concentration areas. Conducted by SWOS, the competency checkpoints provide Vice Adm. Rich Brown, CNSF, data on how first-tour, qualified OODs perform in navigation, seamanship, and ship-handling, via written test and simulated at-sea scenarios. The checks began…

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U.S. Navy Statement on USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain Consolidated Disposition Authority Accountability Actions

Below is a statement released January 16 by U.S. Navy Chief of Information (Acting), Capt. Greg Hicks on Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges preferred against individual service members in relation to the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) collisions: “On 30 October 2017, Admiral William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, designated Admiral…

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‘First Navy Jack’ Flies in Hawaii to Honor 17 Sailors Lost in Collisions

As sailors hoisted the colors here Jan. 1 to start out the new year, the “First Navy Jack” rose under Old Glory, as it will throughout 2018 in honor of the 17 sailors lost when the guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain collided with merchant ships in separate incidents last year. The First Navy Jack is…

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USS John S. McCain Returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Dec. 13. John S. McCain arrived in Tokyo Bay aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure Dec. 5. For several days, crews prepared the ship for safe offload prior to being towed pierside. John S. McCain will be repaired by U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in…

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USS John S. McCain departs Subic Bay en route to Yokosuka

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Subic Bay, Philippines aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure in route to Fleet Activities Yokosuka Nov. 28. John S. McCain was diverted to Subic Bay Oct. 22 due to poor weather conditions and to repair cracks in the ship’s hull discovered after the ship departed Singapore aboard MV Treasure.  While at anchor…

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Navy Releases Collision Report for USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain Collisions

The Navy released Nov. 1, a report detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21. “Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found…

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U.S. Navy completes USS John S. McCain transport preparations

U.S. Navy ocean engineering specialists announced that they had completed preparations to transport USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) to Yokosuka, Japan, for repairs, Oct. 11. The specialists, assigned to Naval Sea Systems Command’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), led preparations for ship transport by way of the Merchant Vessel (MV) Treasure following the destroyer’s at-sea collision Aug. 21.…

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Disgraced USS John S. McCain commanding officer, executive officer relieved

The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on Oct. 11. Both were relieved due to a loss of confidence. John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant…

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USS John S. McCain departs Changi Naval Base for heavy lift preparations

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Changi Naval Base, Oct. 5, to meet heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure. Over the next few days, John S. McCain will be towed to deep water, where the heavy lift vessel will lower itself, secure the ship on a platform and then raise back up out of the water. After the process…

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Fleet Activities Yokosuka honors USS John S. McCain

More than 2,000 servicemembers, civilians and families lined the streets of Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Oct. 4, rendering salutes and showing support for the families and crew of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as they caravanned to an on-base memorial for their fallen shipmates. Sailors from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) also participated in the one-mile “Line…

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