If you didn’t see this coming, you should be surprised but it’s really not surprising that the Commander of the 7th fleet has been fired. With two ships colliding with other ships, is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The head of the Navy’s 7th Fleet was relieved of command Wednesday in the wake of a string of accidents across the Pacific involving Navy ships.
Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin lost his job “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” said a Navy statement issued Wednesday. The news comes just days after the USS John S. McCain collided with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker east of Singapore, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 missing.
Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer, who was slated to take over the Yokosuka-based 7th Fleet during a change-of-command ceremony on Sept. 7, will assume command “immediately,” the statement said. Sawyer, who is coming off a tour as Pacific Fleet’s deputy commander, previously led the fleet’s submarine forces. Read more here
Additionally, as feared, the missing sailors of the USS John McCain are within the ships wreckage. Remains have begun to be recovered. Read more here
Some may wonder, how do two US Navy warships allow themselves to collide with other ships with all of the advanced technology onboard? I can tell you first hand, I have been on the bridge of the USS Dubuque while sailing to Korea in the middle of the night. It didn’t have half the instrumentation that these destroyers have. We entered the S. Korean waters and at night the outer waters are filled with lights. Ya, lights of very small fishing boats. It looked like a small city in the ocean. The lights are used to light up plankton in the water and the squid see it and come up to eat it and the fisherman cast nets to capture the squid. Pretty basic and smart.
The Dubuque began using its’ ships horn to warn the very small boats it was coming. Many didn’t move. This big ass ship was able to maneuver,zig zag, dash and stop before hitting any of them. Interesting.
So, you have to wonder, did these other ships get hit on purpose? It is a pretty cheap way to knock out a destroyer, especially these that are assigned to the N. Koreaan area of operations. One has to wonder.
Time for a C-Gar