USS McCain's top officers fired after 'preventable' deadly collision

USS McCain's top officers fired after 'preventable' deadly collision

USS McCain's top officers fired after 'preventable' deadly collision

The incident left 10 sailors dead and another five injured.

In September, Navy leaders acknowledged several unsettling truths about the service's unsafe deployment pace and the role physical exhaustion - some sailors routinely endure 100-hour workweeks, they said - may have played in the two deadly collisions.

On August 21, the destroyer collided with the oil freighter Alnic MC in a busy shipping lane near Singapore.

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Alfredo Sanchez assumed duties as the McCain's executive officer in April 2015 and became the ship's commander in September 2016.

The two commanders have since been reassigned to other duties in Japan.

In late August, the collisions led to the removal of Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin as the head of the Navy's Seventh Fleet. Earlier in June, the USS Fitzgerald slammed into a Japanese merchant ship in June resulting in seven sailors deaths. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yokosuka base in Japan, and in May the USS Lake Champlain had a minor collision with a South Korean fishing boat. But the Navy statement said it also 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". It said Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of the USS McCampbell, was named acting commanding officer of the McCain.

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In its statement, the US Seventh Fleet insisted the incident was "preventable".

Some Navy officials have put the collision down to strains from regular extended deployments, delayed maintenance and budget constraints, including reductions in resources devoted to training.

He added: "I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world".

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