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Navy fires 2 commanders in connection with ship collisions

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Damage to the portside of the USS John S. McCain.
Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain steers towards Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton | U.S. Navy photo via AP File

The U.S. Navy has fired two senior commanders in the Pacific region in connection with recent deadly collisions of Navy ships, as part of a sweeping purge of leadership in the Japan-based fleet.

The announcement comes a day before the top U.S. Navy officer and the Navy secretary are scheduled to go to Capitol Hill for a hearing on the ship crashes.

The USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided in Southeast Asia last month, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead and five injured. And seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided in waters off Japan.

The latest dismissals bring the number of fired senior commanders to six, including the top three officers of the Fitzgerald.