Collisions Force US Navy Chief to Halt Pacific Fleet Operations, Orders Review

US Navy to relieve admiral of command after collisions Report

After two major warship collision that killed several sailors, the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy will be removed from his post, according to reports.

Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the United States 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, is reportedly being relieved of duty, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing officials who pointed to a series of ship collisions and the deaths of several Navy sailors under his command.

An official Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday the USA navy's latest collision shows it is becoming an increasing risk to shipping in Asia despite its claims of helping to protect freedom of navigation.

On Monday the Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders within a week to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days", for crews to sit down together for discussions.

"Until we have exhausted any potential of recovering survivors or bodies, the search and rescue efforts will continue", he said.

Goetz, who says his background is in USA military intelligence, also pointed to the level of technology used to protect the navy from such threats.

"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 has located one body at sea, and officials are working to determine whether it is one of the missing sailors, he said. In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan.

Family members of Dustin Doyon from CT confirmed that he was among the missing. However, the move follows the US Navy's tradition of removing commanders when confidence in them has been lost, reported the Wall Street Journal. But his relief from command shows the Navy's focus on accountability in the wake of the incidents this year involving the USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald, USS Lake Champlain and the USS Antietam. "We are all having a very hard time not knowing where he is or what has happened", Roberts, 27, said in a Facebook message, adding that her family was "refusing" to lose hope. Brandon said, "His father and I couldn't be prouder of our son".

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said he had spoken with the Palmer family and would monitor the Navy's investigation into the crash.

The collision involving the USS McCain is just the latest in a string of mishaps for the U.S. Navy that have taken place in the Pacific. "We do not want to have another collision", he said.

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