US Navy sacks officers over 'preventable' warship crash which killed 10

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The USS Fitzgerald slammed into a Japanese merchant ship in June resulting in seven sailors deaths, and the McCain struck a 30,000-ton tanker in August, killing 10 and injuring five.

In June, the Fitzgerald nearly sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship, which claimed the lives of seven USA sailors.

The series of US naval collisions through the year have forced for a leadership reorganization in the US Navy in Asia.

Cmdr. Sanchez was reassigned to commander, Naval Forces Japan, and Cmdr.

The accidents prompted the dismissal of the Navy's 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, as well as multiple reviews of the way the Navy trains, maintains and deploys its fleet.

McCain's commanding officer, Cmdr.

Commander A. Sanchez, the McCain's captain, and his executive officer Commander J. Sanchez were reassigned to other duties in Japan, where the Seventh Fleet is headquartered, the Navy said.

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Following in May, a South Korean fishing vehicle collided with a guided-missile cruiser, Lake Champlain.

In its statement, the US Seventh Fleet insisted the incident was "preventable".

"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", officials said in the Navy's announcement.

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.

Senior Navy officials told Congress that the service is committed to getting to the root of the issues that have contributed to the spate of collisions.

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

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