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

Navy relieves two USS McCain officers after crash that killed 10 sailors was deemed 'preventable'

The US Navy has loaded the damaged destroyer USS John S. McCain onto a merchant ship to be transported to Yokosuka Naval Base for repairs.

Commander A. Sanchez, the McCain's captain, and his executive officer Commander J. Sanchez were reassigned to other duties in Japan, where the Seventh Fleet is headquartered, the Navy said. Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez was reassigned to Commander, Navy Forces Japan, and Cmdr.

"The commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship's training program", the USS Seventh Fleet said in a press release.

" 'There are so many safeguards in place to avoid these collisions that it's kind of baffling, ' Larter tells NPR".

It was the fleet's second deadly collision in 2017. A hole was punched into the sailors' living quarters, quickly filling it with water and killing seven. The damage will take about $220 million to fix, according to USNI News.

Two less serious mishaps involving Navy ships in the Pacific occurred earlier this year.

In May, a guided missile cruiser collided with a South Korean fishing vessel, while in January another cruiser ran aground near the fleet base in Yokosuka. Nobody was injured in either of those incidents.

The Navy said the destroyer experienced a loss of steering control before the incident but it is unclear if that led to the crash.

The military vessel is named US Navy admirals John McCain Sr and John McCain Jr, the father of Republican US senator John McCain.

Tuesday's dismissals are the latest in a shake-up of Navy leadership.

Both were relieved due to a loss of confidence.

In the aftermath of the collision, Vice Adm Joseph P Aucoin was dismissed as commander of the Seventh Fleet.

Related News:



Most liked

Overwatch Halloween Terror 2017 Skins Leak; Event Launches Today
Things are getting real spooky in Overwatch , as today dawns the beginning of the second annual Overwatch Halloween Terror event . In this mode, you can play as Ana, Genji, Hanzo, McCree, Soldier: 76, Torbjorn, Widowmaker, or Zenyatta in a team of four.

Chelsea management read riot act to Charly Musonda
According to The Mirror , Chelsea have responded to the youngster who joined the club from Anderlecht all the way back in 2012. Musonda impressed on his full debut against Nottingham Forest last month, scoring a goal in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win.

Man files lawsuit against Chicago Cubs after foul ball injury
The Chicago Sun-Times report said Loos has undergone three surgeries, has two more coming up and may eventually need a prosthetic to replace his eye.

Wildfires tear through California wine country; 20000 evacuated
The Sonoma County Fairgrounds is open for people with large animals; access the fairgrounds via Gate 7 on Aston Avenue. Smoke from the conflagrations could be sensed as far as San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

White House releases immigration wish list
The White House did not say how much money it needed for a border wall or how many miles it would like such a barrier to cover. It also called for limiting family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of USA citizens and lawful residents.

Jacksonville Jaguars upset Pittsburgh Steelers 31-9
Big Ben and Brown know they need each other, as they will go down as the best pass-and-catch combination in Steelers history. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are decent possession receivers, but aren't true deep threats.

Joe Girardi: "I screwed up" by not challenging HBP call
All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley replaced him at DH on Friday and is expected to fill the role in Encarnacion's absence. "I screwed up", the skipper told the media as the Yankees returned home in a 2-0 ALDS hole to the Indians .

Google to Provide Puerto Rico With Cell Service Using Balloons
Puerto Rico was already dealing with a massive financial crisis before the hurricane hit it. Musk is in talks with Ricadro Rossello, the island's governor, about what could be done.

Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's girlfriend denies knowledge of attack
In fact, they said the only reason she was in the Philippines was because Paddock told her he had found a cheap ticket. Ms Danley's sister, who lives in Queensland, described her as a good person and knew nothing about Paddock's plot.

Making A Murderer's Steven Avery denied request for new trial
An attorney for Steven Avery said she intends to file an amended appeal after a judge denied his request for a new trial. His lawyer Kathleen Zellner told EW in a statement that they will be filing a motion to vacate Sutkiewicz's ruling.

Calls For Gun Control Measures In Wake Of Vegas Massacre Go Unanswered
The SHARE Act, introduced by Duncan, would relax some restrictions on the purchase of suppressors , making them easier to buy. California, Florida, and IL and the District of Columbia generally prohibit people from openly carrying firearms in public.

GM to go all-electric by 2023
GM declined to provide specific details about the next-generation propulsion system or which vehicles will become electrified. Reuss said GM is pursuing a two-prong strategy in developing both battery and fuel cell powered electric vehicles .

Irritated John Redwood: Boris Johnson's Media Insubordination Is "Extremely Helpful"
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling also sought to play down any suggestion the Cabinet was not fully behind the Prime Minister. In an interview with the Times she said the complexity of the Brexit talks 'is not something you can just skip over'.

Rex Tillerson: The US 'Does Not Recognize' Kurdish Independence Referendum Results
Mr Abadi vowed to "impose Iraq's rule" and reaffirmed his threat to stop direct global flights to and from the Kurdistan Region. Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of independence in a vote earlier this week.

Conte: I think Guardiola is the best
We're only six matches into the Premier League campaign and the title race is looking extremely exciting. Manchester City is in the First place with sixteen points by winning five matches and draw one matches.