Recent Warship Collision Investigators Named

Press Release
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
USS Montpelier (SSN 765): Photo credit USN

US Fleet Forces Command (USFF) names Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, & Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo to enquire into 'San Jacinto/Montpelier' collision.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) assigned a flag officer to lead an administrative investigation and established a safety board to review the facts and circumstances Oct. 15 that led to the collision between the Navy submarine USS Montpelier and Aegis cruiser USS San Jacinto off the coast of Florida Oct. 13.

Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, deputy commander of USFF, appointed Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, as the investigating officer to lead a command investigation into the collision of USS Montpelier (SSN 765) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56).

The investigation is administrative in nature and will look into the cause of the collision and determine any fault, neglect, or responsibility. Additionally, the investigation will identify any shortfalls in procedures and make recommendations for corrective action.

USFF has also directed a Safety Investigation Board (SIB), which will be led by Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Group (SUBGRU) 10. The SIB will identify hazards and causal factors for the collision, and make recommendations to prevent future mishaps.

Montpelier arrived in port Kings Bay, Ga., and San Jacinto arrived in port Mayport, Fla., Oct. 14. Overall damage to both the ship and submarine is being evaluated. The propulsion plant of the submarine was unaffected by the collision. 

Both vessels were conducting routine training at the time of the accident.

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