Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents
The commander of the Navy’s Asia-based 7th Fleet was dismissed Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific.
A two-sentence statement issued by the Navy said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, had relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.” Read
But he was already due to retire next month. I’m not buying one sacrificial scapegoat.
I’m calling conspiracy and can immediately think of at least two, and one having more rationality than the other. Questions are warranted.
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship
From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
Posted August 20, 2017
SOUTH CHINA SEA – The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has arrived at Changi Naval Base following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.
The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding.
There are currently 10 Sailors missing and five injured.
Malaysia of all places. I’m not spelling out one theory in particular here, but I do wonder what is going on with similar accidents in the region? See the list of comments on the site. I’m not alone, many people are asking the same thing.