Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks at a news conference near the damaged USS John McCain and the USS America at Changi Naval Base in Singapore - REUTERS
WASHINGTON - 23 August 2017: The US Navy on Wednesday relieved the admiral in charge of the service’s 7th Fleet based in Japan due to "loss of confidence" in his ability to command, it said in a statement.
The move comes after four embarrassing accidents this year, two of which killed sailors at sea, The Washington Post reported.
Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet relieved Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin from his duties at the 7th Fleet’s Yokosuka base in Japan.
Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer, the Pacific Fleet’s deputy commander, will immediately take command. He had been scheduled to assume the post on September 7.