FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2017 file photo, the damaged port aft hull of the USS John S. McCain is visible while docked at Singapore’s Changi naval base in Singapore. The U.S. Navy said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, that the Navy has relieved of duties the commander and executive officer of the USS John S. McCain, which collided with an oil tanker near Singapore in August. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

October 11, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The Navy dismisses two top military officers of the U.S.S. John McCain following a deadly collision that occurred two months ago.

Commanding Officer Alfredo Sanchez and Executive Officer Jessie Sanchez were discharged due to a loss of confidence by the new 7th Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer.

The destroyer collided with a merchant vessel back in August, which resulted in the death of 10 sailors while five others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

In a statement, the Navy said the commanding officer showed poor judgment and the executive officer demonstrated poor leadership of the vessel’s training program.



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