U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton.

The USS John S. McCain’s former executive officer has received non-judicial punishment in connection with the deadly collision with a merchant ship in August that killed 10 sailors, the Navy announced on Wednesday.

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Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton

It’s been a rough year the Navy’s 7th fleet, marred by four major surface mishaps for the Pacific-based armada — two of which cost the lives of 17 sailors. Now, the branch is scrambling to address the root causes of the fleet’s startling accident rate.

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