Two more US Navy officers dismissed over USS McCain collision

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The first - between USS Fitzgerald and container ship ACX Crystal - claimed the lives of seven U.S. sailors and resulted in the firing of Fitzgerald's commanding and executive officers.

Cmdr. A. Sanchez was reassigned to Commander, Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) and Cmdr.

The USS McCain collision, which claimed 10 sailors and injured 5 others, was one of the accidents that occurred in a series of mishaps that exposed the Navy's leadership and training shortcomings.

The USS McCain was damaged in an August 21, 2017 collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC struck the McCain's port side, causing damage to the hull and flooding.

In August, the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore, which resulted in the deaths of 10 USA sailors and injuries of five others.

Admiral Swift said the collisions involving US Navy ships can not be viewed in isolation and that it was the organisation's goal to find out whether there is a common cause underlying the uptick. 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.

The executive officer, on the other hand, displayed poor leadership when it came to the vessel's training program, the statement said.

The commander of the Navy's Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, said last month he would retire early after being notified that he was not in the running to lead the U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees all U.S. military operations in the Pacific.

The destroyer will be repaired at Yokosuka naval base, near Tokyo, home of the McCain and other ships of the US 7th Fleet.

McCain Cmdr. A. Sanchez, was reassigned to the headquarters of Naval Forces Japan and Cmdr. It said Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of the USS McCampbell, was named acting commanding officer of the McCain.



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