On August 21st, 2017, in the early morning hours of local Japanese Standard Time, the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS John McCain collided with the Alnic MC, a huge 30,000 ton tanker, off the coast of Singapore. This latest mishap was an embarrassing continuation of a series of at-sea collisions between commercial shipping vessels and U.S. warships leading many to suspect that something more was happening with ship navigation in the crowded shipping lanes of the South China Sea.
In the aftermath of the collision, several news outlets openly speculated that there may have been some sabotage of GPS or other navigation systems to have caused such a preventable accident. In the information age, the first thing people began to suspect was that their tools were faulty.
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