Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents

US Navy removes admiral after collisions

US Navy removes admiral after collisions

The deadly collision involving the USS John S. McCain has cost the 7th Fleet commander his post.

At least seventeen sailors have been killed in the four collisions, the latest happening Monday morning local time between the USS John McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore.

An global search-and-rescue operation involving aircraft, divers and vessels from the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia is looking for the 10 U.S. sailors missing since Monday's accident.

The Seventh Fleet, which compromises ships, submarines and aircraft, is the centrepiece of the U.S. military presence in Asia, undertaking sensitive missions such as operations in the South China Sea and around the Korean peninsula.

Seven sailors died in June after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan.

Admiral Aucoin has been commander of the fleet since September 2015 and has been in the navy since 1980.

Aucoin will be relieved of command by Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift, the officials said.

He also said the Royal Malaysian Navy located one body at sea, with officials working to confirm if it is indeed, one of the missing sailors.

"While each of these four incidents is unique, they can not be viewed in isolation", Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift said late Tuesday. The remains of some have been found in sealed compartments on the vessel, and the search continues.

Swift said the investigation into the cause of the collision was continuing. "The focus of the US Pacific Fleet is our 10 sailors and their families". They are on their game."The admiral said there were no signs of failure in the ship's steering system or of a cyberattack, two possibilities that have been mentioned in news reports".

There were two lesser-known incidents in the first half of the year.

The damaged port aft hull of the USS John S. McCain, is visible while docked at Singapore's Changi naval base on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Singapore.

After Monday's collision, Admiral John Richardson, the Navy's top officer, said all 277 Navy ships worldwide would take an "operational pause" to review basic seamanship, teamwork and other "fundamentals".

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