Navy officers fired over 'preventable' USS McCain collision

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

The Navy statement said it was "evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgment and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship's training program".

The McCain's captain, Commander A. Sanchez, and his executive officer, Commander J. Sanchez, were reassigned to other duties in Japan, where the Seventh Fleet is headquartered, the navy said.

John McCain's grandfather and father, who were both Navy four-star admirals, was involved in a collision with the merchant oil tanker Alnic MC on August 21., near Singapore.

The collision left a large hole in the destroyer's port side - the left-hand side of the vessel facing forward - and flooded compartments including crew berths.

The crash killed 10 sailors and injured five others.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and that both the commanding officer, Cmdr.

McCain Cmdr. A. Sanchez, was reassigned to the headquarters of Naval Forces Japan and Cmdr.

Vice-Admiral Joseph Aucoin who was a Seventh Fleet chief was removed after his ability to command was put into question, this was after the US Navy in August ordered a fleet-wide probe. And the Navy's top officer for ships worldwide, Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, has also said he would retire early.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer left Changi Naval Base last Thursday, more than six weeks after the crash, headed for the US Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan, where the forward-deployed ship will be repaired.

The pre-dawn collision was the fourth major incident from the US Pacific Fleet in 2017, and prompted a review of the fleet's operations.

The August crash of the McCain came less than two months after another 7th Fleet ship, the USS Fitzgerald, another guided-missile destroyer, collided with a container ship in Tokyo Bay, leaving seven USA sailors dead.

Sen. John McCain, R-Az., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has called for an immediate end to USA sailors working over 100 hours a week as Navy leaders grapple with growing ship collisions and worn-out crews.

In May, a South Korean fishing vessel collided with the guided-missile cruiser Lake Champlain, while another guided-missile cruiser, Antietam, damaged its propellers in January while anchoring in Tokyo Bay.

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