U.S. Navy

Navy fires 2 officers over 'preventable' USS McCain collision that killed a Carroll County sailor

Navy fires 2 officers over 'preventable' USS McCain collision that killed a Carroll County sailor

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday fired the USS John S. McCain's top two officers, calling the warship's deadly August collision with an oil tanker "preventable."

The crash killed a Carroll County sailor. Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Eckels Jr., 23, was among 10 Navy sailors who died. Eckels was laid to rest in Arlington on Tuesday.

Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, the McCain's commander, and Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez, its executive officer, were relieved of their duties and reassigned, Navy officials announced in a statement. Both were fired due to a lack of confidence,...

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