Commander Of 7th Fleet Dismissed

Remains found on US warship that collided off Singapore, US Navy says (VIDEO)

The removal of Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin comes after Sunday's collision between the McCain and an oil tanker became the fourth in a series of warship accidents that have raised questions about us naval operations in the Pacific.

Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, flew from Singapore to the Seventh Fleet headquarters in Japan, where he will relieve Admiral Aucoin, who has commanded the fleet since September 2015.

The McCain collision followed another fatal collision in June involving the USS Fitzgerald and a commercial container ship, killing seven sailors.

"One tragedy like this is one too many, and while each of these four events is unique, they can not be viewed in isolation".

The collision prompted the Navy to order a rare, one-day operational pause.

"Until we have exhausted any potential of recovering survivors or bodies, the search and rescue efforts will continue", he said. The Navy said the ship suffered "significant damage" to its hull, flooding crew berths, machinery and communications rooms.

"As you know, this is the second collision in three months and the last of a series of incidents in the Pacific theatre", Richardson said.




The Royal Malaysian Navy located one body at sea and officials were working to determine whether it was one of the missing sailors, he said. "I welcome the broad, comprehensive view announced by the chief of naval operations", Swift said.

It operates over an area of 124 million square km (48 million square miles) from bases in Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

The cause of the USS Fitzgerald crash is also still unknown, but the navy has relieved the Fitzgerald's commanding officer, executive officer, and the senior enlisted sailor.

Family members of Dustin Doyon from CT confirmed that he was among the missing.

Jacob Drake, 21, of North Lewisburg, Ohio, was among the missing, according to a cousin, Brandie Roberts. Local police said the Navy was in communication with the family.

The Seventh Fleet, headquartered in Japan, operates as many as 70 ships, including the US Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, and has around 140 aircraft and 20,000 sailors.

The McCain and the tanker ship collided Monday east of the Malacca Strait, the fourth time a United States warship has been involved in an accident in Asian waters this year. "We do not want to have another collision", he said.

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