US Navy says lethal McCain collision was preventable, relieves ship commander

TOKYO — The commander and government officer of the united statesJohn S McCain had been relieved of their duties Wednesday (Oct 11) as a result of misplaced confidence after the warship and an oil tanker collided close to Singapore in August.

The reason for the Aug 21 collision remains to be below investigation however the US Navy described it as preventable. The Navy assertion stated Cmdr. Alfredo J Sanchez and the ship’s government officer, Cmdr Jessie L. Sanchez, had been reassigned.

The crash killed 10 US sailors and injured 5 extra. It was one among a number of accidents within the area that raised concern over the protection and operational effectiveness of US naval vessels.

The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (L) is seen on the heavy elevate transport vessel MV Treasure off Tuas on Monday (Oct 9). Photograph: TODAY

Some Navy officers have cited strains from frequent prolonged deployments, delayed upkeep and almost a decade of finances constraints and reductions in assets dedicated to coaching as components.

However the Navy assertion stated it additionally was “evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgment and the chief officer exercised poor management of the ship’s coaching programme.”

The Navy fired the then-commander of the Japan-based seventh Fleet, Vice Adm Joseph Aucoin, shortly after the McCain’s crash.

It adopted the collision of the united statesFitzgerald and a container ship in waters off Japan in June, which killed seven sailors. In January, the united statesAntietam ran aground close to Yokosuka base in Japan, and in Might the united statesLake Champlain had a minor collision with a South Korean fishing boat.

McCain Cmdr A Sanchez, was reassigned to the headquarters of Naval Forces Japan and Cmdr J Sanchez was reassigned to the Ship Restore Facility at Yokosuka, residence port of the seventh Fleet, the Navy stated.

It stated Cmdr Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of the united statesMcCampbell, was named appearing commanding officer of the McCain. Lt. Cmdr Ray Ball, chief engineer of USS Antietam, is appearing government officer. AP

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