10 Sailors Missing After US Missile Destroyer Collision

10 Sailors Missing After US Missile Destroyer Collision
10 Sailors Missing After US Missile Destroyer Collision

Monday, USS John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer, collided with a commercial tanker ship just east of Singapore. Now, the search continues for the 10 men who were lost to sea as a result of the collision. This is the fourth collision in Asian waters this year, and the Navy wants to know why.
This particular collision occurred along a busy trade route, but not all of them have. Today, some Navy vessels are at a stand still as authorities search for the 10 missing Navymen and the conditions of other 7th Fleet Navy vessels are all assessed. Malaysian officials have added their own resources to the search for the missing men.
Right now, there is no thought that any kind of hacking or cyber activity is to blame for any of the collisions, but every option is a possibility.
Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, demanded the stand still and a thorough investigation into what appears to be an ongoing issue. Training, skills, and equipment will all be reviewed to ensure that everything is operating as it should be, and to potentially uncover the cause of these recent collisions. The assessments will be conducted in a rotation, so that all of the 7th Fleet is not conducting them at the same time. They are expected to be concluded within a week.
The USS John S. McCain is one of the many missile destroyers equipped with Aegis, a missile defense system which is capable of destroying missiles launched by the North Koreans. Some are speculating about the coincidence that the collision happened with this high profile ship at the start of a 10-day military training exercise between the South Koreans and American military, but no real accusations have been made.