Navy Relieves Commanding Officers Of Destroyer Crippled After Fatal Crash

The Daily Caller | 8/21/2017 | Staff
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The Navy sacked two more senior officers in the wake of a deadly collision the cost the lives of ten American sailors.

Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander of the Seventh Fleet, relieved the commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain Wednesday due to a “lack of confidence” in their leadership capabilities, according to the U.S. Seventh Fleet Public Affairs office.

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“It is evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgment, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” the Navy said in a statement to USNI News.

The merchant vessel Alnic MC collided with USS John S. McCain near Singapore. The fatal crash followed another incident two months earlier in which a commercial ship ACX Crystal collided with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS...
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