Navy chief floats ominous theory on USS John S. McCain collision

Adm. John M. Richardson testifies at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol HillThursday, July 30, 2015. The committee is considering the admiral to be the Chief of Naval Operations.

As you know by now, few days ago, the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with a merchant vessel, leaving 10 sailors missing.

As we just reported, some of the remains of those missing have been recovered. As we come to grips with their tragic loss, the Navy is investigating how this collision occurred in the first place — and has not ruled out that the collision was intentional.

Could this be an act of war or terrorism?

According to The Free Beacon, “That’s certainly something we are giving full consideration to but we have no indication that that’s the case—yet,” Adm. John Richardson, the CNO, said at the Pentagon.

“But we’re looking at every possibility, so we’re not leaving anything to chance,” he said.

Asked if that includes the possibility the electronic defenses on the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain were hacked in a cyber attack, Richardson said investigators will look into all possible causes.

“We’ll take a look at all of that, as we did with the Fitzgerald,” the four-star admiral said, referring to another Navy warship collision with a merchant ship in June near Japan.

The McCain collided with the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Alnic MC in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore late Sunday, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 sailors missing.

The ship was on its way to Singapore where it docked after the collision. Photos show a deep gash in the ship’s hull.

This is the second collision in two months for the Navy and the fourth in the past year in this same region.

The USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship about 90 miles southwest of Tokyo on June 21, leaving seven sailors dead.

There is speculation that particular incident could have been the result of hackers as the ship was on autopilot at the time of the collision.

This sort of activity is very unusual so it’s not surprising this has raised some questions about whether or not these incidents could be intentional.

America has no shortage of enemies, so it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility for any number of groups or individuals to be involved in such an attack.

Radical Islamists seem to really enjoy using vehicles as weapons and they have been ramping up cyber attacks over the last few years, so perhaps this is a new method they’re using to launch attacks on us? Anything is possible.

Let’s hope the investigation into this situation uncovers the truth about who or what is responsible for this horrible accident and if foul play is involved, may justice be done.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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