Navy Fires USS McCain Senior Officers After "Preventable" Deadly Collision

Tyler Durden's picture

Two months after the deadly collision between USS McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore (that killed 10 and injured dozens more), reports that the Navy has relieved two USS John S. McCain senior officers in connection with a "preventable" deadly collision.

As a reminder, the collision involving the guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain and an oil/chemical tanker called the Alnic MC was an unsettling repeat of the June collision between the USS Fitzgerald and container ship the ACX Crystal, the worst naval accident in decades.

And now, as Stars and Stripes details, Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer relieved the McCain's commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez, due to a loss of confidence in their ability to lead, said a Navy statement issued Wednesday.

The statement -- which called the Aug. 21 collision with an oil tanker that killed 10 McCain crew members "preventable" -- said Alfredo Sanchez displayed "poor judgement" while Jessie Sanchez "exercised poor leadership of the ship's training program."

Alfredo Sanchez assumed duties as the McCain's executive officer in April 2015 and became the ship's commander in September 2016. He has been reassigned to Naval Forces Japan, while Jessie Sanchez will go to work for Yokosuka's Ship Repair Facility, the statement said.

A former USS McCampbell commander, Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, has been tapped to serve as the McCain's acting commander, the Navy said. USS Antietam Chief Engineer Lt. Cmdr. Ray Ball will become acting executive officer.

The Navy's Pacific leadership has been shaken up since a string of accidents in the region resulted in several leaders being removed from their positions.

In January, the USS Antietam ran aground and spilled roughly 1,100 gallons of hydraulic fluid into Tokyo Bay.


In May, the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing boat while operating off the east coast of the divided peninsula. In June, a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged merchant ship killed seven sailors.


The commanding officers of the Antietam and Fitzgerald were relieved of their duties. The commanders of 7th Fleet, Task Force 70 and Destroyer Squadron 15 were also relieved after the collisions.


Last month, Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift announced he would retire after learning he would not be tapped to lead U.S. Pacific Command.


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YUNOSELL's picture

Wait.... Some people just lost their jobs for incompetence instead of covering up??? Maybe things are starting to change for the better

macholatte's picture


Hold on! Wait a minute!
I thought a ship could only be named after someone AFTER that person was dead.
Clearly, there has been a mistake and John McCain needs to die at once.
It’s the right thing to do, John.

Rapunzal's picture

The only people that have been fired or put in jail are the ones who are not of the parasitic elite child abusing cabal.

laser's picture

It's not their fault all the ship's electronics went blank.

JohninMK's picture

Misleading headline.

Looks like no-one has actually been fired as we civilians would understand it. They have been re-assigned, to probably boring jobs, which is very different. They might even have kept their ranks.

Who knows, the Navy might even overlook this episode in their futures.

sickavme's picture

This isn't as bad as it sounds.

"Fired" in the navy/military actually means "reassigned"(unless its a discharge, then they are out of the military).


In this case, these guys got REASSIGNED to skate jobs ashore...

Sea duty always sucks compared to shore duty...

Real punishment would be brig time, or busted rank and sent back as midshipmen to start all over again ON A SHIP, or flat out discharge...

Umh's picture

Past incidents indicate that they will not be allowed to be promoted which in an up or out system means they will be leaving.

Silver Swan's picture

Correct. While it is true that they are not fired, it is also true that with this on their record it will be virtually impossible for them to promote to Captain (O-5 in the Navy). That also likely means they will be phased out before they are eligible for retirement.

That said, it seems like if they were found to be at fault, why wouldn't there be a demotion at least?

ultraticum's picture

Because Military = Government.  Any more questions?

CuttingEdge's picture

Wait a moment. Navy fuck ups get on in life.

If proof were needed: What happened to the inconsiderate cunt on the USS Forestal who roasted 160-odd crewmen with his wet-start?

Whodathunk he would run for President one day?

(I do so hope he dies in screaming fucking agony).


vato poco's picture

navy review board to los mojados del command: "why'd you boys fuck up so bad? why couldn't you keep from getting rammed?"

proud beaners of authority: "joo deen tell nawwwt to, esse! steering la boat ees naw my yob!"

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

"As you name the yacht  - so it will float". Senator how many planes crashed? Four seems...

Son of Loki's picture

They'll still get to keep their fat pensions.



Gen. Ripper's picture

The USN will refuse to kick out two Mexicans - they’ll be rehabilitated.

greenskeeper carl's picture

They won't be 'leaving'. They will be retiring with their pensions most likely. Meanwhile, the people dead because of their incompetence will still be dead.

SilverRhino's picture

Being relieved of command is an absolute career-killer in the US Navy.   

Those guys are effectively benched and will informally be told to retire / get out asap before their OER ratings / time in service kick them out.  

peddling-fiction's picture

Yep, good eye. Demotion is a possibility.

Soon they will need all Captains and Officers on deck.

BennyBoy's picture


The navy electronics the same kind that would take care of your money in a cashless world.

neilhorn's picture

USS Antietam Chief Engineer Lt. Cmdr. Ray Ball will become acting executive officer (of USS McCain).

In January, the USS Antietam ran aground and spilled roughly 1,100 gallons of hydraulic fluid into Tokyo Bay.


Antietam Engineer must have done a good job of cleaning up the spill.

Txpl9421's picture

While i think your idea has some merit, the ship is named after his father and grandfather.  They actually did some good things in their lives.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


While i think your idea has some merit, the ship is named after his father and grandfather.  They actually did some good things in their lives.

Too bad they negated it all by reproducing.

Razor_Edge's picture

McStains old man Admiral Sidney was  in the lead in whitewashing the attack on the USS Liberty by YOUR GREATEST ALLY IN THE WHOLE WORLD, EVAH! The apple never falls far from the tree. Genes don't lie.

HellFish's picture

It's actually named after McStain's father and grandfather.

HRClinton's picture

Give the Sanchez twins a Dirty Sanchez! 

Ship them off to the Mexican or Argentinian navy. Olé!

How poetic that it was the US McCain.  LOL.

Edward Morbius's picture

The Skipper and XO were married? Should have kept "Don't ask, don't tell".

Freddie's picture

Hilarious!  The USS McShame has two Mexican lead officers.  What is this the Mexican navy?

How many American sailors did John McCain, his father and grandfather murder?  This includes the USS Liberty and USS Forrestal plus a few others.   The McCain (Jesuit) NWO klan has killed more Americans than Putin or any Russians.  

BennyBoy's picture


Only 2 got disciplined?

What about all the assholes beneath them that missed a fucking big ass cargo ship in front of them?

Did they discipline any electronics (MIC) for failure to sense a big mother fucking ship in front of them?

Winston Churchill's picture

Bullshit, dereliction of duty leading to death is manslaughter under the USCMJ.

Leavenworth, not beaching, would be the correct punishment.

HRClinton's picture

Leavenworth for Manslaughter, for those Bass-Turds!

stormcrow's picture

Read again. They were reassigned.

It's just like how the church reassigns child abusers to new communities where they are not known.

Winston Churchill's picture

Beaching is is reasignment, in the old days literally a desk job ashore at a ropery.

WillyGroper's picture

and if they can sing, a lifetime senate assignment.

perks: all the money you can steal, great medical for pesky brain tumors/organ transplants & finally all the 3yr olds they can bugger.

strannick's picture

You forgot/neglected  to mention rapist school teachers

TexasDave's picture

Most were reassigned. Shuffling the deck.


littlemilton's picture

Not Fired.  Reassigned.  Same crap

Eyes Opened's picture

And the moral here ??  No more Sanchez.....

Where's Dirty Sanchez when ya need an inside line....

Pendolino's picture

"He has been reassigned to Naval Forces Japan, while Jessie Sanchez will go to work for Yokosuka's Ship Repair Facility, the statement said."

Not really, they didn't lose their jobs, they just got demoted. Still drawing their paychecks and their pensions will be safe. Well their incompetence only lead to 10 deaths, so not a real biggie. I wonder how may you have to kill before you get booted out the service.

Youri Carma's picture

Not the Captain though who always has the end responsibility so certainly should have left, so BS.

jcaz's picture

But it is a McCain ship-  being incompetent and crashing into stuff is what McCain does......

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Naming it McCain was the first mistake, should fire everyone in the naming committee as well.

1stepcloser's picture

Sure it was preventable...Just stop policing the world at my $expense 

onewayticket2's picture

Fired from the navy, but word is they just got sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

Akzed's picture

Now that her commanders have been deep-sixed, if we could only remove her namesake...

DirtySanchez's picture

The devil himself is about to fire John McCain from the planet.

gregga777's picture

They were NOT fired. They are still (incompetent criminal) officers in the US Navy. They should be courtmartialed, stripped of rank and benefits and dishonorably discharged. That's being FIRED instead of being protected by the Officer Mafia.

HRClinton's picture

You are correct. 

Technically they were "relieved of duty", in spite of the "Fired" headlines for Public Consumption (cathartic venting, then forget about it).

Might as well have relieved them of their tension headaches with a BJ.

WasNotWuz66's picture

That's the military's way of being "fired", which is oddly similar to the govt's way; the reality is those boneheads that supposedly got fired are still collecting a paycheck and will be eligible for all their retirement bennies................  If I got fired from my IT job, guarantee you I'd get the perp-walk to the front door and my paycheck would stop shortly after.  And would probably have to initiate a legal battle to get my 401K money back that I put in.