Two Navy commanders fired after Fitzgerald, McCain ship collisions

Posted at 11:57 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 14:59:59-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy has fired two senior commanders in the Pacific region in connection with recent deadly collisions of Navy ships, as part of a sweeping purge of leadership in the Japan-based fleet.

The announcement comes a day before the top U.S. Navy officer and the Navy secretary are scheduled to go to Capitol Hill for a hearing on the ship crashes.

The USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided in Southeast Asia last month, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead and five injured. And seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided in waters off Japan. Two of the sailors were from San Diego County.

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The latest dismissals bring the number of fired senior commanders to six, including the top three officers of the Fitzgerald.