Top officers of USS John McCain fired for 'poor judgement'

The USS John S. McCain’s commanding officer Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez left and executive officer Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez were relieved of duty due to a loss of confidence in their ability to lead according to a Navy statement

The US Navy on Tuesday fired the top two officers of the USS "John S. McCain", calling the warship's deadly August collision with an oil tanker "preventable", AP reported.

Sanchez, its executive officer, were relieved of their duties and reassigned, Navy officials announced. Another five sailors were also injured in the crash. Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, the McCain's commander, and Cmdr.

Damage to both ships will take months to fix and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The ship's commanding officer, Cmdr.

In addition, Commander Ed Angelinas, who was the commanding officer of the USS McCampbell, assumed the role of commanding officer of the USS John S. McCain, while Lieutenant Commander Ray Ball, former chief engineer of the USS Antietam, will assume duties as acting executive officer.

The U.S. 7th Fleet, based in Japan, said in a statement that commanding officer Cmdr.

In September, Task Force 70 Commander Rear Admiral Charles Williams and Destroyer Squadron 15 Commander Captain Jeffrey Bennett were relieved by the Navy "due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command".

"David Larter, a U.S. Navy veteran and staff writer for Defense News, tells NPR's Morning Edition that although it appears that the destroyer was the vessel hit, 'in situations like this, it's the responsibility of the smaller, more maneuverable ship to get out of the way'". Bryce Benson; and Fitzgerald XO Cmdr. Heavy equipment were brought out to the vessel and divers went in to the flooded compartments to search for survivors and access the damage. Among other concerns, Shiloh's sailors alleged that Aycock employed extended detention in the brig as a punishment for minor infractions and created a culture of fear.

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