The Navy will consult with oil giant BP to learn from its Deepwater Horizon disaster following a series of ship collisions and mishaps that have killed 17 sailors, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said Wednesday.
Spencer said he ordered a Navy strategic readiness review last week on top of an ongoing probe of the service's safety and readiness and it will seek to tap industry experience on dealing with safety issues and disasters, such as the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by BP's drilling rig in 2010.
"We have reached out to industry who have gone through various different meaningful events and come out the other side," Spencer said during a Wednesday speech near the Pentagon.
The Navy is also linking up with Boeing, the shipping container company Maersk, the contractor-run research facility Sandia National Laboratories, and Crowley Marine, a shipping company, he said.
"We're going to approach this as a best practices for people who come out the other side, and we really do expect this to be a learning experience and a reset to go forward," Spencer said.
The Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant tanker near Singapore in August killing 10 sailors, and the USS Fitzgerald, also a destroyer, collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan in June, killing seven sailors.
Adm. John Richardson, the commander of naval operations, ordered a safety review immediately after the McCain collision but Spencer said the two efforts are "not at all" redundant.