US Navy Replaces USS McCain's Commanding Officer

Navy relieves two USS McCain officers after crash that killed 10 sailors was deemed 'preventable'

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.

"The commanding officer exercised poor judgment, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship's training program".

John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21, that claimed the lives of 10 Sailors, injured five more and damaged both ships.

According to the Navy, the commanding officer has been reassigned to Naval Forces Japan, while the executive officer was sent to the Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka, where the 7th fleet is based.

The US Navy's 7th Fleet announced via Twitter that the MV Treasure and its cargo, the USS McCain, had departed Singapore on October 10. Jessie Sanchez was transferred to ship fix facility in Yokosuka.

Just two months earlier, its sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a cargo ship. That incident claimed the lives of seven USA sailors. Bennett was the commander in charge of all destroyers assigned to the Seventh Fleet.

Two less serious mishaps involving Navy ships in the Pacific occurred earlier this year.

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". Heavy equipment were brought out to the vessel and divers went in to the flooded compartments to search for survivors and access the damage. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground in Japan, and in May, the USS Lake Champlain and a South Korean fishing boat collided.

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