USS John S. McCain CO, XO Relieved
YOKOSUKA, Japan — The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, on Oct. 11 Seventh Fleet said in a release. Both were relieved due to a loss of confidence.
John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21 that claimed the lives of 10 Sailors, injured five more and damaged both ships.
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 release said.
Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez was reassigned to Commander, Naval Forces Japan, and Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez was reassigned to Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka.
Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of USS McCampbell, assumed duties as acting commanding officer. Lt. Cmdr. Ray Ball, chief engineer of USS Antietam, will assume duties as acting executive officer.