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26 Navy | Winter 2018 DAVID L. STOLTZ S everal significant accidents occurred in 2017 involving U.S. Navy surface ships that resulted in collisions or groundings in the Western Pacific. In the case of USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, 17 Sailors lost their lives. A "Strategic Readiness Review" (SRR), initiated by Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, and a "Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents" (CR), led by ADM Phil Davidson, commander, Fleet Forces Command, were conducted to examine these incidents, and found that poor seamanship and failure to follow safe navigational practices contributed to each situation. In Congressional testimony on January, Spencer explained the difference between the two studies. "e Comprehensive Review focused on the causal factors and contributing conditions at the tactical and operational levels, while the Strategic Readiness Review examined systemic issues and root causes across the Fleet and over time. e action plan to implement the Comprehensive Review's recommendations is underway and off to a good start; however, we are also committed to going aer and fixing the systemic issues and root causes that resulted in our current situation," Spencer said. "e Strategic Readiness Review took a RESTORING READINESS Navy training renews focus on seamanship, navigation By Edward Lundquist The Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at the port of Pasca- goula, Miss., Jan. 19 aboard the heavy-lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Fitzgerald, damaged in a collision on June 17 that killed seven sailors, will begin restoration and modernization work at Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula.

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