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Ranking Member Courtney Statement on USS MCCAIN Accident

August 21, 2017
Press Release

NORWICH, CT —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) ranking member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the collision of the USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG-56) with a commercial vessel:

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with the crew and families of the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN who lost shipmates and loved ones in the collision. Like the USS FITZGERALD accident prior to this one, I know the Navy will conduct a full investigation of this matter and promptly report its findings.

“I am increasingly troubled, however, with the rising trend line of accidents that have occurred over the last year. Our sailors are asked to operate every day in contested waters vital to the interests of the United States. We need to make sure that they have the tools, training, and support they need to do their jobs successfully and safely. While 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 needed to prevent them in the future. I will push to ensure that this is front and center for our subcommittee as we return to session next month.”