Navy fires John S. McCain leadership, calls fatal August collision ‘preventable’

By: Geoff Ziezulewicz    21 hours ago

Calling a fatal August collision involving the destroyer John S. McCain that killed 10 sailors “preventable,” the Navy‘s 7th Fleet has fired the ship’s commanding officer and executive officer.

The McCain’s skipper, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and the ship’s second-in-charge, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, were relieved Wednesday morning in Japan, according to a 7th Fleet release.

“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 program,” the release states.

Both officers, who are not related, were relieved due to a loss of confidence, according to the command.

Alfredo Sanchez was reassigned to Naval Forces Japan, while Jessie Sanchez has been moved to Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka,

Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former CO of the destroyer McCampbell, has assumed command of the the damaged ship, which is scheduled to undergo repairs this month in Japan.

Lt. Cmdr. Ray Ball, a chief engineer from the cruiser Antietam, will serve as acting XO of the McCain.