Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that the commanding and executive officers of the USS John S. McCain would be relieved from command following the investigation into a tragic collision between the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer and a commercial oil tanker in August.
Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, the McCain’s commander, and Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, its executive officer, have been relieved of their duties and reassigned, the Navy stated in a press release.
“While the investigation is ongoing, it is evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program.” The Navy releases said. Navy officials cited a “loss of confidence” in the officers as the reason for the decision.
Sanchez, the former commanding officer has a new role within the Navy as the Commander for Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) and Sanchez (executive officer) was reassigned to Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Yokosuka.