This is a straight up question on governmental protocol -
One of our submarines crashed into a fishing boat, and in doing so, 9 people are missing and presumed to have died.
Seems clear that the sub is at fault in the collision. Without naming specific persons responsible, it does seem prudent that our government send an official apology to Japan.
It seems probable that we’ve sent ‘official apologies’ before. Is “the Navy’s no. 2 officer in Washington” really the most appropriate?