The USS McCain collision is the last straw. The U.S. Seventh Fleet's got a new commander who pre


Rear Admiral Phillip Sawyer, outgoing Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks through the side boys during the COMSUBPAC change of command ceremony in 2015, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy photo)

YOKOSUKA, Japan-- The collision between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant marine ship has proved to be the last straw for the U.S. Navy. Seventh Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin who has been relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. Lesser officers, including, certainly, the captain of the damaged ship, are likely to suffer the same fate.

Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, relieved Vice Admiral Aucoin, who will be replaced by Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the position and promotion to vice admiral.

Sawyer will assum