Q-Anon, Navy Ship Collisions and a Tiny Chinese Chip

The Bloomberg article describes how a tiny Chinese chip was placed in the supply chain for over 30 major US companies. It states, “Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships.

Based Q’s drop mentioning “Navy ship crashes,” I decided to research some recent incidents involving Navy ships.

Accident #1

February 1, 2017 – USS Antietam, a Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser, ran aground and leaked hydraulic oil while attempting to anchor in Tokyo Bay. While no one was injured, damage was done to the propellers to a sufficient degree to cause the leakage of hydraulic oil. It was able to return to base with the help of tug boats. A report of the incident said, “The ship grounded after anchoring out in high winds, officials said. When the crew noticed the ship was dragging its anchor, Antietam got back underway. Shortly after, the crew felt the ship shudder and lose all pitch control in both propellers. “ [2]

Accident #2

May 9, 2017 – USS Lake Champlain, also a Ticondoroga class guided missile cruiser, collided with a 60 foot fishing vessel named Nan Yang 50 in the Sea of Japan. The weather was overcast, with visibility ranging from three to nine nautical miles throughout the morning. The ship was operating in formation along with an aircraft carrier and a South Korean vessel. All of LAKE CHAMPLAIN’s military radars were operational; however, the ship’s commercial radar display on the bridge was not operational due to a system casualty. LAKE CHAMPLAIN was not transmitting its Automatic Identification System (AIS) information, which provides a ship’s location, course, speed, and other pertinent information to nearby vessels. It was not until 10:50 am that LAKE CHAMPLAIN gained radar track and electro-optical sight sensor on NAM YANG 502, at a range of 4.7 nautical miles. For approximately the next 45 minutes, LAKE CHAMPLAIN held intermittent track on NAM YANG 502.

At 11:35 am, LAKE CHAMPLAIN lost radar track on NAM YANG 502, which was then operating at a range of 2.4 nautical miles. While changing course to maintain relative position with the escorted aircraft carrier, LAKE CHAMPLAIN turned in front of the fishing vessel without realizing the risk of collision.

The Navy’s official report concludes, “The LAKE CHAMPLAIN crew was ultimately unprepared for the situation in which they found themselves through a lack of preparation, ineffective command and control, and deficiencies in training.”

Additionally, NAM YANG 502’s global positioning system (GPS) and radio were not functional, which contributed to the collision. [3]

Accident #3

June 19, 2017 2:20 a.m. – Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine flagged container ship named ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan. Killed 7 sailors and injured several others. Weather was clear, but traffic in the area was heavy. The ACX Crystal’s route, provided by vessel-tracking service MarineTraffic, shows that the ship made a sudden turn at about 1:30 a.m., as if trying to avoid something, before continuing eastward. The ACX Crystal then made a U-turn and returned around 2:20 a.m. to the area of the collision. [4]

The Navy’s official findings were that the Officer on Deck (3rd in command) failed to recognize the potential of collision and take evasive action. As it was the crossing vessel, the burden was on it to do so. However, Crystal also failed to take evasive action. The official report doesn’t mention Crystal’s erratic track before the collision, as shown above. Is that because it didn’t want to disclose to the public that (1.) Some component of the ship, perhaps a navigation aid, failed to show the impending collision correctly because a Chinese chip had been implanted? Or (2.) Some component of the Crystal contained a Chinese chip that somehow caused a collision with the American ship?

Accident #4

August 21, 2017 – USS John McCain, a guided missile destroyer,  made a “sudden turn,” colliding with a commercial tanker in Singapore territorial waters and resulting in the deaths of 10 U.S. sailors. The rapid change in direction unintentionally increased the rate of the vessel’s turn, putting it in the path of the Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC, the bureau’s report said.

The Navy’s official report of the incident states, “The collision between John S. McCain and Alnic MC was also avoidable and resulted primarily from complacency, over-confidence and lack of procedural compliance. A major contributing factor to the collision was sub-standard level of knowledge regarding the operation of the ship control console.”

References:

[1] Bloomberg.Com. 2018. “China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated U.S. Companies,” October 4, 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies.

[2] Larter, David. 2017. “Officials: Navy Cruiser Ran Aground near Japan.” Navy Times. August 8, 2017. https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/01/31/officials-navy-cruiser-ran-aground-near-japan/.

[3] Information, This story was written by Navy Office of. n.d. “Navy Releases Collision Report for USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain Collisions.” Accessed October 5, 2018. /submit/display.asp?story_id=103130.

[4] News, A. B. C. 2017. “What We Know about Navy Destroyer’s Deadly Collision.” ABC News. June 19, 2017. https://abcnews.go.com/US/navy-destroyers-deadly-collision-container-ship-japan/story?id=48131357.

[5] Lieu, Amy. 2018. “USS John S McCain Fatal Collision Blamed on ‘Sudden Turn’: Report.” InteractiveResource. Fox News. March 8, 2018. https://www.foxnews.com/us/uss-john-s-mccain-fatal-collision-blamed-on-sudden-turn-report.