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Top Navy Officers Fired In Ongoing Leadership Shake-Up After Deadly Collisions

The U.S. 7th Fleet said Tuesday that this summer's crash of the USS John S. McCain was preventable. The August collision was the latest in a string of Navy mishaps in the Pacific this year.
The USS John S. McCain, shown docked in Singapore on Aug. 22, was damaged after colliding with an oil tanker. Two top U.S. Navy officers were dismissed Tuesday as the 7th Fleet continues its investigation into the crash. / Wong Maye-E / Shutterstock.com

This summer's fatal collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker ship off the coast of Singapore was "preventable," the U.S. Navy said Tuesday while announcing that the ship's commander and his deputy have been relieved of their duties.

The U.S. 7th Fleet, based in Japan, that commanding

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