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Senators: Judgement, training mistakes caused ship collisions

WASHINGTON — Senators briefed by senior Navy officials Tuesday said judgement and training mistakes were to blame for the deaths of 17 sailors in a pair of collisions with commercial ships this summer. But the findings, set to be released publicly later this week, have also raised concerns among lawmakers about force readiness issues and whether adequate funding is being given to ever-increasing mission demands on the naval force. “We need to provide our sailors, as well as soldiers and airmen, with the resources they need,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee’s seapower panel. “In this case, there were judgement mistakes and training mistakes, and a failure to adhere to procedures. But in general, we’re asking too few ships to do too many things. And that needs to be addressed.” Wicker’s comments came after a classified briefing...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2017...

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