Commanding officer of USS John McCain pleads guilty after deadly collision near Singapore

One of the rash of collisions involving our war ships has finally been rectified… somewhat.

Commander Alfredo Sanchez, on Friday, pled guilty to dereliction of duty related to the August collision that happened near Singapore.

The Collision

The crash made headlines in August when the U.S.S. McCain collided with an oil tanker.

As a direct result, five sailors were injured and ten of our sailors lost their lives.

After the crash, calls of improper training and bad decisions were being thrown around.

The investigation conducted by the Navy backed up that narrative.

The U.S. Navy found that it was “evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program.”

Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Crime

Some would say that even though a guilty plea was secured, Commander Sanchez got off quite easy.

With his guilty plea, Sanchez will have to forfeit $2,000 of his pay for three months.

His retirement from the Navy is also being forced as part of the agreement.

No jail time, no dishonorable discharge, just $6,000 and retirement for costing 10 men their lives.


This would appear to be more of a settlement for the Navy to make this go away rather than truly holding this man accountable for his actions.

These commanders are entrusted with hundreds of lives.

Those men have enough to worry about fighting the enemy, so they should not have to worry about a bad decision from their commander costing them their life.

From the rash of crashes, it is quite clear there was some breakdown in training for our officers in the U.S. Navy.

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It is possible Sanchez was let off the hook with what amounts to be a slap on the wrist for fear he would expose those weaknesses in our military leadership?

Some may call this justice, but it appears to more of a coverup than anything else.

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