NBC News reports:
The Navy’s top admiral ordered the entire fleet Monday to take a one-day “operational pause” to make sure they are running their ships safely a day after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore.
Admiral John Richardson gave the order as a search was underway for 10 American sailors assigned to the McCain who were still missing after Sunday’s collision in the Strait of Malacca.
The crash was the second time this year a destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, was involved in a collision at sea — and the fourth mishap this year involving a Navy vessel in the Pacific.
“This is the second collision in three months and is the last in a series of incidents in the Pacific theater,” Richardson said in a videotaped statement. “This trend demands more forceful action… We need to get to the bottom of this, so let’s get to it.”