Inside the Ring: ‘Steering Casualty’ Behind USS McCain Collision

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrives pier side at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrives pier side at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision / Getty Images

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Investigators probing the deadly collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker last month believe the primary cause was a loss of steering control and the crew’s failure to compensate.

Preliminary results of the investigation into the collision show that the two ships hit as the result of what the Navy calls a "steering casualty," a Navy official tells Inside the Ring.

Navy ship drivers and crews routinely practice what to do when steering controls on a warship are lost. The first step is immediately shifting to secondary, manual steering, where sailors in the stern of the ship are directed by internal phone commands from the bridge to manually turn the rudder a number of degrees right or left.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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