U.S. Navy Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez re-assigned from post as Commander of USS John S. McCain

October 12, 2017: Two U.S. Navy senior-level officials at the USS John S. McCain were re-assigned on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in the wake of the ship’s August, 2017, collission with an oil tanker, which Navy officials have deemed “preventable.” Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, the McCain’s Commander, and Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, its Executive Officer, were relieved of their duties on the McCain and re-assigned, Navy officials announced in a statement. Both were re-assigned because of a lack of confidence, officials said. The McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC on August 21, 2017, near Singapore. Ten American sailors died and five others were injured. “While the investigation is ongoing, it is evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgment, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” officials said in the Navy’s announcement.

Attribution: The Washington Post

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