Apple CEO Tim Cook tweets condolences for lives lost in USS John S. McCain collision

“The remains of some of the 10 sailors missing after the collision of the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore have been found, a US Navy official said,” Yaron Steinbuch reports for The New York Post. “Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said Navy and Marine Corps divers found the remains after they searched compartments that had been sealed to stop the ship from being flooded.”

“The Malaysian Navy, which has been assisting the US in the search, also reported that it had found a body — but it was unclear if it was one of the missing sailors,” Steinbuch reports. “The body was to be transferred to the US Navy for identification, said Swift, who added that it was ‘premature’ to say how many bodies had been found in the ship, which is now moored at Changi naval base in Singapore. He stressed that the search for crew members would continue.”

“The announcement about the remains comes amid a report that a steering malfunction caused the McCain to collide with the 30,000-ton Alnic MC, leaving a gaping hole in the destroyer’s hull,” Steinbuch reports. “A US Navy official told CNN that the warship suffered the problem as it began its approach into the Strait of Malacca early Monday. The Alnic MC emerged mostly unscathed. It was unclear why the crew couldn’t employ the ship’s backup steering systems to maintain control of ship, the official added.”

“The McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is named after the father and grandfather of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and is nicknamed ‘Big Bad John,'” Steinbuch reports. “Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, on Monday announced an ‘operational pause’ across all Navy fleets to evaluate training and certification procedures.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined with many others in tweeting his condolences:

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully they can pinpoint the cause and put measures in place to prevent future occurrences. We add our thoughts and prayers for the families of the lost U.S. sailors.


    1. Back in the day when I was selling computers, a prime consideration for navy equipment purchases was that the parts be standard.

      The navy wanted to be able to, no matter where they were, use off the shelf parts for repairs.

  1. While there is nothing specifically wrong with him expressing these types of things, I just wish he’d focus on running the company instead of being some sort of SJW.. You still cannot get ready access to Air-Pods..

    1. My thoughts, too. I don’t care what he does on his own time, that’s certainly his business and certainly his right to share with whomever he pleases, though mixing it into the company he represents is a tad off-putting to me. Do we really need to be reading about it all the time? If I were interested in doing that I’d just follow him on Twitter, and it isn’t as though he is the only person on earth thinking about these things or expressing them. I could be off-base, I don’t know him personally, but he just comes across badly to me. It’s sort of the 21st century equivalent of asking rock stars what kind of underwear they favor. Do I really care about that? (No)

  2. Tweets don’t take a lot of time so I don’t mind it so much.

    People have died, families devastated so i don’t really want to point out the commercial and PR aspects of this but it exists. Lots of people including tens of thousands of Navy personnel would be aware of Cook’s tweets. Besides a ‘social conscience’ thing it’s also good PR and marketing.

    Considering how expensive marketing is, Apple spends a billion plus $ a year, Samsung 10 billion plus, tweets are cheap. The great thing is that Tim cook has a more or less positive ‘image’ that many people and news channel pick up on, Samsung has a image where CEO’s go to jail so no one listens to them on these things (Samsung CEOs one after the other have been embroiled in corruption scandals and threats of jail !)

    2) Cook’s tweets on these things actually ‘balances out’ , shows that he’s a rounded person and cares about other things besides his personal big concerns like LGBT rights .

    I was concerned for awhile that he just came across as a ‘gay activist’ (to be clear I’ve nothing against gay rights, I’m just talking about his image as Apple CEO ).

    3) All that said TOO MANY tweets can take up too much of his time, or give an IMPRESSION that he’s overly concerned about issues besides products.

    Steve Jobs famously didn’t allow Apple to have a 30th Anniversary celebration because it would make his staff lose focus on products. He wouldn’t have spent much personal effort on the anniversary planning as some flunky would have done all the arrangements but he still didn’t want it . That’s his laser focus. Products ! Products! He made few political statements and had Apple’s charity policy as matching staffers contributions (so that Apple management didn’t have to spend time weighing which charities were deserving)…

    Jobs had Tim Cook to deal with a lot of secondary issues as he focused on products. Cook dealt with all the difficult political issues overseas like in China without Jobs needing too (Jobs never visited China although 90% of Apple products are built there).

    Still come people have pointed out that the WORLD has CHANGED, that companies today selling to millennials need a ‘Social Face’. Consumers today supposedly want companies to be socially engaged … (Being of an older generation I still think the big deal is Good Products and a Good PRICE ! lol ! )

    Probably Cook needs a senior PR guy (HIS ‘tim Cook’) , maybe a VP with enough understanding of Apple’s image and position and have enough clout to make statements on behalf of Apple when things like this Navy disaster happens WITHOUT bothering Cook or the other senior VPs so that these people can concentrate on products.

    Still I think Cook was PERSONALLY bothered by the Navy accident and wanted to say something…

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