Navy files homicide charges against commanders of 2 ships in deadly crashes
<p class="speakable">Two Navy commanders face negligent homicide charges related to the deadly crashes of two ships off Asia last year, <a href="http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104024&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000129677251&utm_campaign=AdvInc" target="_blank">the Navy announced</a> Tuesday.</p><p class="speakable">Former Cmdr. Bryce Benson of the USS Fitzgerald and former Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez of the USS John S. McCain are among those charged, according to <a href="https://news.usni.org/2018/01/16/former-fitzgerald-mccain-cos-face-negligent-homicide-dereliction-duty-charges-fatal-collisions" target="_blank">USNI News</a>. Additionally, two lieutenants and one lieutenant junior grade of the Fitzgerald also face charges, the Navy said.</p> Among the charges are dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide. A Chief Petty Officer on the McCain also was charged with dereliction of duty. And administrative actions -- including non-judicial punishment -- will be taken for crew members of both ships, the Navy said.
The decision to file charges was made by Adm. Frank Caldwell, who was given the authority and examined the evidence of what caused the collisions, according to Navy spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks. The charges are to be presented at what the military refers to as an Article 32 hearing, which will determine whether the accused are court-martialed. The USS Fitzgerald collided with a commercial ship in waters off Japan in June, killing seven sailors.%d bloggers like this: