Navy relieves of duties top officers of USS McCain

Morale aboard the Navy's USS Shiloh reached such lows that one sailor compared the vessel to a'floating prison after they were fed just bread and water

Morale aboard the Navy's USS Shiloh reached such lows that one sailor compared the vessel to a'floating prison after they were fed just bread and water

Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on October 11.

Two crashes involving U.S. warships in Asian waters took place in the span of a few weeks in July and August.

The US Navy 7th Fleet formally relieved the commanding and executive officers of US destroyer USS John S McCain of duty on Wednesday (11 October) in the wake of a "preventable" collision with a tanker in August.

The ship suffered damage to its side after colliding with the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC in the early hours, but sailed under its own power and arrived at the Changi naval base in Singapore with a large hole torn in its hull. Alfredo J. Sanchez and the ship's executive officer, Cmdr. The Navy statement said Cmdr. Sanchez, who was the commander of the USS McCain on that fateful day, and Cmdr.

The incident came after another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a Philippines-flagged cargo ship off Japan in June, which left seven sailors dead. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yokosuka base in Japan, and in May the USS Lake Champlain had a minor collision with a South Korean fishing boat.

Some Navy officials have cited strains from frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and almost a decade of budget constraints and reductions in resources devoted to training as factors.

A US Navy statement said "While the investigation is ongoing, it is evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship's training programme".

Five people were injured as a result of the crash.

During his appearance before the Congress Committee, Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson observed that "at the core of the issue, was command".

He added: "I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world".