United States sacks top navy commanders after deadly collision involving USS John S. McCain near Singapore.
The commanding officer and the executive officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain were relieved of duty and reassigned to different posts for "loss of confidence", according to a US Navy statement on Wednesday.
Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, the McCain's commander, and Cmdr.
The collision killed 10 sailors and injured five others. It was one of several accidents that have raised concern over the safety and operational effectiveness of naval vessels.
The latest move comes after the US Navy fired the-then commander of the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, following the August crash.
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That incident came after another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off Japan in June, leaving seven sailors dead.
USS seventh fleet said in a statement released on Wednesday, October 11 that the commanding officer had exercised poor judgement, along with the executive officer whose leadership skills were compromised during the ship's training programme. Following in May, a South Korean fishing vehicle collided with a guided-missile cruiser, Lake Champlain.
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.
It said Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of the USS McCampbell, was named acting commanding officer of the McCain.