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Former USS commander John S. McCain pleads guilty, retires after fatal collision



A former commander of USS John S. McCain pleaded guilty Friday for violating his duty when the destroyer collided with a commercial tanker in August, killing 10 sailors and injuring five in the Straits of Singapore.

Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, who served in the Navy for more than 20 years, testified during a special court martial on the Washington Navy Yard, reported Stars and Stripes

"I'm ultimately responsible and responsible," Sanchez said. "I will forever question my decisions that contributed to this tragic event." Following sanctions, Sanchez agreed to withdraw from the service, lose 6,000 lire and received a referral letter damaged by a collision aboard the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on 21 May September 2017 pictured. Photo taken on September 21, 2017. Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner / US Navy Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITOR – THIS IMAGE IS PROVIDED BY THIRD PARTIES – RC14A2D90E00 “/>

In this photo from October 5, 2017, a temporary patch is welded to the area caused by a collision Board of the USS John S. McCain was damaged.

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Sanchez takes responsibility for the deadly collision. He said he had failed to use a well-equipped, well-trained crew to drive the destroyer into the street.

The former commander, who was reassigned immediately after the collision, faced negligent homicides.

According to Sanchez, an 18-year-old undercover helmsman had navigated the destroyer known as "Big Bad John", which resulted in a collision.

The Marine Judge, Cmdr. Charles Purnell, who led the lawsuit on Friday, highlighted the failure to navigate through the console as "overarching failure".

Sanchez confirmed his failure to offer a stricter education.

More than a dozen relatives of the fallen crew members attended the Friday hearings, read sequential accounts, and called the Navy for negligence, Stars and Stripes reported

"I'm persecuted every day," Karen Doyon said. Mother of Petty Officer 3 rd Class Dustin Doyon, 26, of Connecticut. "This is a tragedy that should never have happened."

The USS John S. McCain is named after the father and grandfather of US Senator John S. McCain III, R-Ariz, who had made careers in the Navy like the senator.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.


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