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Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin has been relieved of his duties

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Prayers going out to the family and friends of the 10 sailors that are missing.

 

 

A statement from the 7th fleet said Aucoin was relieved “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the position and promotion to Vice Adm., will assume command immediately.

As you already know, this follows an incident Monday in which the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship

Ten sailors assigned to the ship were missing following the accident, and the Navy has reported that “some” remains have been recovered, Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said Tuesday.

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