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Courtney Announces Oversight Hearing on Recent Naval Accidents Including USS JOHN S MCCAIN

August 23, 2017
Press Release

NORWICH, CT —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, announced that his committee will hold a joint oversight hearing with the Readiness Subcommittee to examine several recent US Navy accidents when Congress reconvenes in September. The hearing titled Navy Readiness – Underlying Problems Associated with the USS FITZGERALD and USS JOHN S. MCCAIN will be held on September 7.

“My heart goes out to the families, friends, and shipmates of the US Navy sailors who lost their lives or remain missing after the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN collided with a commercial vessel earlier this week,” said Courtney. “The men and women of the Navy are asked to operate in contested waters each day to protect the national security interests of the United States. We owe it to these sailors to make sure that they have the tools, training, and support they need to carry out their duties safely and successfully.

“I have become increasingly concerned this year by the growing number of accidents including the two fatal collisions this summer involving the USS FITZGERALD and USS JOHN S. MCCAIN. While I believe CNO Richardson’s operational pause is a good first step, it is clear that Congress must conduct rigorous oversight into the causes of these incidents and the remedies need to prevent them from happening reoccurring in the future. Our committee will be holding an oversight hearing when Congress reconvenes in September to examine these incidents and review the steps the Navy is taking to ensure the safety of our sailors.”

Witness list for the September 7th hearing:
VADM Thomas S. Rowden
Commander, Naval Surface Forces
United States Navy
Mr. John H. Pendleton
Director, Defense Force Structure and Readiness Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office