Tragedy of John S. McCain rocks the 7th Fleet. James Holmes @USNavalWarCollege @GordonGChang

Aug 24, 2017, 03:53 AM

08-23-2017 (Photo: 030126-N-1810F-002 At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Jan. 26, 2003 -- The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches the Kitty Hawk during a replenishment at sea (RAS). An RAS is the method by which ammunition fuel is transferred from one ship to another while at sea. The technique enables a fleet or naval formation to remain at sea for prolonged periods of time. Kitty Hawk is the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom. (RELEASED)) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow

Tragedy of John S. McCain rocks the 7th Fleet. James Holmes @USNavalWarCollege @GordonGChang

The head of the U.S. Pacific Fleet removed the commander of U.S. 7th Fleet from his position just days after the second deadly crash involving a U.S. warship this year, a U.S. official told USNI News late Tuesday. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, current commander of 7th Fleet, was slated to retire within the next month, but the move from Navy leaders is intended to expedite the transition to Aucoin’s replacement, Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer. Sawyer was announced to lead U.S. 7th Fleet in May. PACFLT commander Adm. Scott Swift went to Japan from Singapore to formally relieve Aucoin from the position. “Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” read a terse Wednesday statement from the service. “Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the position and promotion to Vice Adm., will assume command immediately.” The Wall Street Journal first reported Aucoin’s early relief on Tuesday evening. The move from Navy leadership comes as search and rescue efforts are underway for 10 sailors missing from a Monday collision in which guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) was struck by a chemical tanker in the Strait of Malacca near Singapore. Monday’s collision is the second fatal crash between a Navy ship and a merchant vessel, following a June incident in which seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62). https://news.usni.org/2017/08/22/u-s-7th-fleet-head-vice-adm-joseph-aucoin-removed-command-early-following-mccain-collision