The US navy has released new findings in two deadly crashes at sea that occurred earlier this year, involving US Navy ships, one of which took the life of a Filipino-American sailor from Southern California.
The Navy has found that a pair or ship collisions this year were preventable and was caused by multiple failures of service members.
One of the collisions investigated the USS Fitzgerald, which collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship boat off the coast of Japan last June.
Among the seven casualties of that crash was Filipino-American sailor Carlos Sibayan of San Diego.
The Navy’s reports claimed that the recent collisions involving the Fitzgerald, as well as the USS McCain, were both the results of a failure to employ basic collision prevention protocols.
Both ships were based in Japan.
Back in June, Balitang America spoke with Sibayan’s family. They said they will always remember Sibayan for his courage and his sense of duty to his country and to his family.
“He is, in every sense of the word, he’s my hero. We just borrowed this time from God. So now he has to go back,” said his mother Carmen.
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