Navy Fires Two Senior Officers Over Deadly USS John McCain Crash

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USA sacks top navy commanders after deadly collision involving USS John S. McCain near Singapore.

It cited a "loss of confidence" in the pair after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain hit a tanker on 21 August, killing 10 American sailors and injuring five others.

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Commanding officer Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez and executive officer Cmdr. The Navy's strict adherence to customs and traditions dictate that commanders be relieved of duty when superiors lose confidence in their leadership. It was one of several accidents that have raised concern over the safety and operational effectiveness of naval vessels.

The Navy said in a statement that the commander and executive officer of the war ship were relieved of their duties for crashing the ship into an oil tanker near Singapore.

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US Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the US 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, whose command oversaw the USS McCain and Fitzgerald, was also relieved of duty in August following the series of deadly ship collisions.

Two non-deadly incidents also occurred this year - in January, the USS Antietam ran aground near its base in Japan and in May, the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel.

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Some Navy officials have cited strains from frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and almost a decade of budget constraints and reductions in resources devoted to training as factors. He has been reassigned to Naval Forces Japan, while Jessie Sanchez will go to work for Yokosuka's Ship Repair Facility, the statement said.

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