The U.S. Navy plans to remove the three-star commander of the premier U.S. Seventh Fleet in the wake of four collisions in Asia and the deaths of several sailors, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Two unnamed U.S. officials told the Journal that Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be relieved of command Wednesday.
The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, is traveling to Yokosuka, Japan, to remove Aucoin for a loss of confidence in his leadership, Navy Times reported.
According to the Journal, Aucoin was expected to retire in coming weeks, but under the Navy's tradition of public accountability, commanders or ship captains are dismissed as soon as their superiors lose confidence in their leadership.