Captain of USS Fitzgerald and his executive officer are removed from duty after deadly collision with a cargo ship

The highest ranking naval leaders who were aboard the USS Fitzgerald when the ship crashed in June off the coast of Japan, will be removed from duty.

Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, said Thursday that the ship’s captain Cmdr. Bryce Benson and executive officer, Cmrd. Sean Babbitt will be relieved of their command.

Additionally Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin, the ship’s command master chief is being removed. Nearly a dozen other crew members face punishment.

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