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24 Navy | Summer 2018 B y any standard, the U.S. Navy had a very bad year in Asia in 2017. e guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground in Tokyo Bay in January. e guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel in May. e next month, the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan, killing seven people and injuring several others. Two months aer that, the destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a ship off the coast of Singapore and Malaysia, killing 10 Navy Sailors. And to cap the year off, the destroyer USS Benfold had a minor collision with a commercial tug off Sagami Bay in November. Chief of Naval Operations ADM John Richardson told reporters that there were "systemic issues" that led to the fatal collisions. And in April, the Navy announced the establishment of Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (CNSG WP) in Japan — a major change to how the Navy conducts opera- tions in Asia. U.S. Pacific Fleet actually established Detachment, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific last October shortly aer the string of incidents. is interim orga- nization has been changed to CNSG WP and made into a permanent command. CNSG WP's new commander, CAPT Rich Dromerhauser, told Navy magazine in an email Navy sets up new command to prevent repeat of 2017 tragedies By Daniel P. Taylor MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ANNA VAN NUYS BIG CHANGES IN ASIA

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