Navy Dismisses Commander of 7th Fleet After Fatal Accidents

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was removed after four Navy accidents in the Pacific since January, two of which led to fatalities.

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The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific. A two-sentence statement said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, had relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.” The move follows four Navy accidents in the Pacific since late January, including two collisions that left sailors…

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