- Title: U.S. Navy to relieve commander after collisions in Asia
- Date: 23rd August 2017
- Summary: YOKOSUKA, JAPAN (FILE - JUNE 18, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF U.S. SEVENTH FLEET COMMANDER VICE ADMIRAL, JOSEPH AUCOIN, GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE BANNER READING (English): "UNITED STATES SEVENTH FLEET" DAMAGED USS DESTROYER ANCHORED AT PORT DAMAGED RIGHT SIDE OF THE SHIP CALL NUMBER OF THE SHIP READING: "62" DAMAGED RIGHT SIDE OF THE SHIP U.S. FLAG ON DECK OF THE SHIP USS FITZGERALD BEHIND WIRE FENCE
- Embargoed: 6th September 2017 04:04
- Keywords: Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin USS Fitzgerald USS John s. McCain U.S. 7th Fleet Commander collision
- Location: YOKOSUKA, JAPAN / SINGAPORE / SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: YOKOSUKA, JAPAN / SINGAPORE / SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: Various
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Sea Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA0016VDMR7R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The U.S. Navy will in the coming hours relieve the three-star admiral Joseph Aucoin who commands its seventh fleet following a series of collisions in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters late on Tuesday (August 22), speaking on condition of anonymity.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers are still trying to find 10 missing sailors from the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain, which collided with a merchant vessel near Singapore. About two months ago, the John S. McCain's sister ship, the Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after a collision with a Philippine container ship that killed seven U.S. sailors.
Those accidents has already prompted a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in operations.
The Navy declined comment on any plans to relieve Aucoin, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
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