Commanding Officer of US destroyer involved in sinking of PHL fishing vessels sacked

After the incident involving USS Stetham last October 13, Commanding Officer Cmdr. John Bradford was relieved “due to loss of confidence in Bradford’s ability to command.”

“The decision to relieve Bradford came after a recent incident involving a 19-foot wooden vessel reportedly hit by Stethem while the ship was underway from Subic Bay, Philippines, Oct. 13,” a US Navy release said.

USS Stetham, a guided-missile destroyer of the United States, accidentally rammed two Philippine fishing vessels while on its way out of Subic bay on the evening of October 13.

The destroyer was then allowed to leave with a guarantee that US Navy will provide monetary assistance for the victims’ medical expenses and damaged boats through US Embassy. Fishermen will not file a complaint.

Bradford is a commissioned officer and previously served as First Lieutenant in USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), Navigator in USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), and Engineer Officer and Combat System Officer in USS Stethem (DDG 63). He is a graduate Cornell University with Bachelors Degree in Government and Asian Studies.