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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:48
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Navy officials say they ‘no longer have confidence’ in Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin’s ability to command. 

After a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters, the U.S. Navy will relieve Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. The search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.

The official said in Washington on Tuesday of the decision to relieve Aucoin of his command, “An expedited change in leadership was needed.”

First reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Navy declined to comment on any plans to relieve Aucoin.
The official told Reuters that Admiral Scott Swift would relieve Aucoin, a three-star admiral, when the two meet in Japan.

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US Aircraft Almost Crash by Falling From Aircaft Carrier: US Navy E-2C/ F/A-18/Etc… in Action

On 19 march 2016, a US Navy E-2C tried to land on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) aircraft carrier but due to technical failure on the arresting gear, the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye failed to stop and rushed to the sea. Fortunately the crew of the E-2C were well trained and managed to recover the plane. The crew was slightly injured.

This video feature the crew of this E-2C being awarded with the Armed Forces’ Air Medal aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Other part of the video shown mix of video featuring the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet aboard several aircraft carrier.


U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia

WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.

Aucoin’s removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year.

“Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the U.S. Navy said in a press release.

Swift, who traveled to Japan to relieve Aucoin, ordered his deputy Pacific Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer, to immediately take command of the powerful U.S. force.

Aucoin was due to step down next month, with Sawyer, a submariner by trade, already slated to succeed him. Aucoin came up through the Navy’s air wing as an F-14 navigator.

“I support Admiral Swift’s decision to bring in new leadership. The new Seventh Fleet Commander must help move his team forward, focusing efforts on safe and effective operations,” U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said in a statement.

The Seventh Fleet, headquartered in Japan, operates as many as 70 ships, including the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, and has around 140 aircraft and 20,000 sailors.

It operates over an area of 124 million square km (48 million square miles) from bases in Japan, South Korea and Singapore.


The accident involving the USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC in the Singapore Strait came at a tense time for the U.S. Navy in Asia. 


U.S. Navy helicopter from USS America lands on Royal Malaysia Navy’s KD Lekiu Frigate 30 during a search and rescue operation for survivors of the USS John S. McCain ship collision in Malaysian waters in this handout photo distributed August 23, 2017. Royal Malaysian Navy Handout via REUTERS

This month, the John S. McCain sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the disputed South China Sea, the latest “freedom of navigation” operation to counter what the United States sees as China’s efforts to control the contested waters.

An official Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday the U.S. navy’s latest collision shows it is becoming an increasing risk to shipping in Asia despite its claims of helping to protect freedom of navigation.

Also this month, North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam in a standoff over its nuclear and missile programs.

“Losing another ship now is bad timing. It may raise concern over America’s defensive capabilities and it could send the wrong signal to North Korea and China,” a senior Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force officer said, asking not to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

An international search-and-rescue operation involving aircraft, divers and vessels from the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia is looking for the 10 U.S. sailors missing since Monday’s collision.

On Tuesday, U.S. Navy and Marine Divers found human remains inside sealed sections of the damaged hull of the USS John S McCain, which is moored at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base. The Navy has not yet announced the identities of the bodies discovered.

The U.S. Navy is also working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy about eight nautical miles northwest of the collision site. Photos posted on the Twitter account of a Malaysian navy frigate on Wednesday showed crew carrying what appeared to be a body to a U.S. Navy helicopter.

The latest collision has already prompted a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in U.S. Navy operations.

The John S. McCain’s sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship on June 17. The bodies of seven U.S. sailors were found in a flooded berthing area after that collision.

Source Reuters

US Navy Helicopter Crashes South of Yokosuka

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter crash landed in an empty area of reclaimed land about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base, officials said Monday afternoon.

The MH-60S, belonging to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, crashed after sending a distress call at 3:31 p.m. Monday, according to a Commander Naval Forces Japan spokesman.

The helicopter attempted an emergency landing and crashed on its side in the empty area, across from Jogashima island on the southern part of the Miura Peninsula, in Miura city.

Of the four crewmembers aboard, two appeared to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, a Miura fire department spokesman said. One appeared to have a suffered a leg injury, the spokesman said.

The injured crewmembers were transported to a hospital in Yokosuka and are in stable condition, Navy officials said Monday night.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Navy police were at the scene Monday night, preparing to examine the downed aircraft.

There was no reported property damage, the fire department spokesman said. Although the lot that the crew landed in was vacant, it is a few blocks away from a town fish market, docks, a beach and several restaurants.

Helicopters from the squadron, which belong to the USS George Washington’s carrier air wing, typically perform search and rescue operations, anti-surface warfare exercises and other functions.

Prior to Monday, the Navy’s most recent MH-60S Knighthawk crash came in September, when a helicopter landed in the Red Sea while attempting to land aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence. Two sailors were lost at sea during the accident.

U.S. military helicopter flights are a sensitive political subject in Japan. During the past year, demonstrators in Okinawa have repeatedly protested the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey, a hybrid aircraft with a history of crashes elsewhere. Marine Corps officials have maintained that the aircraft are safe. Last week, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces ordered 17 Ospreys to be delivered over the next five years, according to Japanese media reports.

In 2004, a Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion crashed at Okinawa International University, near the controversial Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Although three crewmembers were injured, no civilians were harmed at the college, which was on summer break.

Japanese and U.S. officials have struggled since the 1990s to move the Futenma base, which was once in a relatively rural part of Okinawa, but is now surrounded by development. Both governments want to move the base to a more rural part of the island, but are opposed by local officials who want the base moved off Okinawa entirely.

Okinawa, an island with a population of about 1.4 million, houses about 75 percent of all U.S. forces in Japan. The island is considered strategically critical because of its relative proximity to Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and, if necessary, by air to the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. Navy has also faced complaints — mainly about jet noise and aircraft parts falling out of the sky – from residents in the neighboring towns near NAF Atsugi, where the downed helicopter from Monday is based.

– Stars and Stripes reporter Hana Kusumoto contributed to this report.

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  • Anonymous

    Who are the 10 missing sailors? Does anyone living in the real world know them? Are they who we’re being told they are? Does anyone still believe ANYTHING gov or mainstream media says? Note that in the first video,(fox news) It takes about 10-15 secs for the “expert” to say (more or less) we need more money for more warmongering. Is there anyone left that is still falling for this?

  • Anonymous

    One relative, stationed in the same region, reported shortages of potable water. The logistics are just a math problem, and show an elemental lack of objectivity; your ostensible purpose is not to reward hunger games with a subsidy for the victors.

    I am not a Nazi, per se. But, sometime, after Linclon, the party of Lincoln started to believe the lie of radical Reconstruction. I think, grossly-inept people, participating in good faith, are given specious, social promotions, not necessarily knowing the reason why, not necessarily being agitators, in order to gain access to expensive resources.

    • Anonymous

      I think, they want to bring home any amount of money, whatsoever, to their blighted towns and households, or have generically-patriotic feelings, without regard for a political cause or for battle strategies — morally passive as plastic figures on a gameboard.

      Some of you are not being used cleverly, or consciously. But, you and your keepers should value life, at all costs.

  • wunmansho

    Never a word of truth we are told. They are setting us up for what they are planning to make it seem like when it happens there was reason for it. On 9/11…the government conspirators who perpetrated it were literally cheering the ‘takedown of the United States’. The plan to finalise its demise is beyond just getting rid of the dollar and the constitution. It has to as well cease to be the worlds dominant military force…and the Navy will be the first to go…

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