The two top officers on the USS John S. McCain have been reassigned from the ship involved in a crash that killed an Illinois man in August, according to The Washington Post.
Stephen Palmer, of Decatur, was one of ten sailors killed in the collision with a merchant vessel near Singapore. The crash was “preventable,” Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the Seventh Fleet, said in a news release.
The 23-year-old man was posthumously advanced to Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class in late August.
The officers were “relieved due to a loss of confidence,” according to the news release.
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Sawyer said the investigation is ongoing. The news release said the commanding officer “exercise poor judgment, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program.”