According to a statement from the Navy, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the usa 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan, has been relieved of duty due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command".
The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.
The Navy cited a loss of confidence in Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin's ability to command, the Associated Press reported. "As such, I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world".
The White House expressed its "great sadness" about the incident. Earlier this summer, the USS Fitzgerald crashed into a Philippine container ship, killing seven American sailors.
Swift praised the efforts of the crew, saying "The ship initially had a list, and it was righted based on the efforts of the sailors".
In January, the USS Antietam guided missile cruiser ran aground near Yokosuka base, the home port of the 7th Fleet, and in May another cruiser, the USS Lake Champlain from the Navy's 3rd Fleet, had a minor collision with a South Korean fishing boat.
"We owe it to sailors that man Seventh Fleet and their families to answer the questions that flow from the uncertainty of what happened", said Swift, the head of U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Navy officials have not confirmed details from an initial investigation which pointed to a possible loss of steering on the McCain, but they've said there were no obvious signs of sabotage or a cyberattack.
Swift said the collisions involving US Navy ships can not be viewed in isolation and that it was the US Navy's goal to find out whether there is a common cause underlying the uptick. He's a Naval Academy graduate and career surface warfare officer who's commanded a frigate, a cruiser and an aircraft carrier strike group, in addition to his other assignments.
The collision between the McCain and the Alnic MC, a Liberian-registered tanker about three times its size, occurred east of Singapore.
Following the Monday crash, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said "this trend demands forceful action", foreshadowing Aucoin's ouster. U.S. military divers continue to search the flooded areas of the McCain.
A senior admiral announced last week that the commander of the destroyer and several other officers had been relieved of their duties aboard their ship over the incident.