Thursday, August 24, 2017

Navy 7th Fleet Commander Relieved of Command Following Pacific Collisions

The following article appeared on on August 23rd

By Jack Heretik

The U.S. Navy announced this week that the Seventh Fleet commander has been relieved of command due to a "loss of confidence."

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was relieved of command in the wake of the most recent collision in the Pacific. On Monday, the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
Vice Admiral Aucoin

Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift made the announcement in an official statement Tuesday.

Aucoin has been replaced by Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the position. Sawyer assumed command immediately and was promoted to vice admiral.

The United States Seventh Fleet is based in Japan and includes both the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald, another guided missile destroyer involved in a collision with a merchant vessel in June.

The Fitzgerald collision resulted in the death of seven Navy sailors, and the McCain collision has, to date, left 10 Navy sailors dead or missing. Several of the top officers aboard the Fitzgerald were relieved of shipboard duty.

Investigations are underway in both cases.

For those who are unaware of the Navy's performance under Vice Admiral Aucoin, this comes from 

"In June, seven sailors died after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan. Searchers found the bodies of the seven sailors in flooded berthing compartments.

Before that, the guided-missile cruiser Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel in May. And in January, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam ran aground in Tokyo Bay."

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