The commanding officer and executive officer of the USS John S. McCain were relieved of their duties on Tuesday, nearly two months after 10 sailors were killed when the U.S. Navy destroyer crashed into an oil tanker.
Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez and Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez were relieved of their positions “due to a loss of confidence,” the Navy said in a statement. Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez was reassigned to Commander, Navy Forces Japan, and Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez was transferred to ship repair facility in Yokosuka.
“It is evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgment and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” the Navy said in its statement.
The bodies of all 10 missing sailors were recovered nearly a week after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. Another five…