The commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, based in Asia, was dismissed Wednesday after a recent series of warship accidents that raised concerns about how operations were being carried out in the Pacific.
Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a two-sentence statement issued by the U.S. Navy.
The move took place after four Navy accidents in the Pacific since the beginning of the year, including two collisions that resulted in the death of sailors.
“While each of these four incidents is unique, they cannot be viewed in isolation,” Swift said Tuesday.
He added that the Navy will do a “deliberate re-set” of all ships in the Pacific, focusing on navigation, Mechanical systems, and bridge resource management. He said this will also include training and an expert assessment of each ship.