Two U.S. Navy commanders relieved after warship accidents

The U.S. Navy has relieved two commanders from the duty after the series of accident involving the service’s warships.

According to the statement from the Navy, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, relieved the commander of Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Rear Adm. Charles Williams and the commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, Capt. Jeffrey Bennett.

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, the commander of Task Force 76 (CTF 76), assumed duties as commander, CTF 70 and Capt. Jonathan Duffy, deputy commander, DESRON-15, assumed duties as commander.

The statement noted that both reliefs were due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command.

U.S. Navy has earlier relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin of his duty as the commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet after which Vice Adm. Sawyer assumed the duty.

This follows an incident in which USS John S. McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer of the Navy, collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Singapore east of the Malacca Strait.

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