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US Navy’s 7th Fleet Commander dismissed due to ‘loss of confidence,’ marred by collisions

August 23, 2017

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, has been relieved from his post due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced today.


Read Adm. Phil Sawyer has assumed command, according to Adm. Scott Swift, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

U.S. Navy Adm. John Richardson recently called for a global fleet-wide operational pause of the U.S. Navy, after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore on Sunday, local time, as well as the deadly June incident when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan and seven sailors died.

Divers have found at least one body and some remains as the search for the 10 missing U.S. Navy sailors from the USS John S. McCain continues following the deadly collision with an oil tanker on Sunday off the coast of Singapore.

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) also called for a comprehensive review, in addition to the ongoing investigations for both collisions, respectively.

The 7th Fleet, which is based in Japan and is the United States’ largest forward-deployed fleet.