Fleet Commander dismissed after collisions involving 2 CT sailors

Fleet Commander dismissed after collisions involving 2 CT sailors

Fleet Commander dismissed after collisions involving 2 CT sailors

Now Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin faces the chop, a United States official has said.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The commander of the US Navy's Seventh Fleet will be relieved of duty after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest in a series of accidents, a defense official said Tuesday.

It's the second fatal collision suffered by the fleet in two months.

Itar Glick, head of Israeli-based worldwide cybersecurity firm Votiro, said the spate of incidents suggested that US Navy ships' GPS systems could have been tampered with by hackers, causing them to miscalculate their positions.

"We owe it to sailors that man Seventh Fleet and their families to answer the questions that flow from the uncertainty of what happened", said Swift, the head of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"It is premature to say how many or what the status of the recovery of those bodies is".

But a military unit needs military discipline - it's hard to strike a balance between a constructive culture and a dysfunctional one in a ship where men and women must work for months in close quarters while covering huge stretches of the empty Pacific.

The John S. McCain's sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, nearly sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship on June 17.

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Swift said the Pacific Fleet will complete the operational pause by next Monday.

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

And Darryl Smith, the father of Kenneth Smith, an electronics technician petty officer 3rd class, said in a separate statement provided by the Navy that he was waiting for news about his son.

Jacob Drake, 21, of North Lewisburg, Ohio, was among the missing, according to a cousin, Brandie Roberts.

Swift said the Malaysian navy had reported locating other potential remains and was working to confirm the identities. The third incident involved the Navy cruiser USS Champlain, which hit a South Korean fishing vessel, Fox News has reported. President Donald Trump plans to grow the Navy's fleet from 274 ships to 350.

The damaged port aft hull of USS John S. McCain, left, is seen while docked next to USS America at Singapore's Changi naval base on August 22, 2017 in Singapore.

"The collision only occurs if several other safety mechanisms fail", he said.

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