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Pacific Fleet Commander to Retire in Wake of Deadly Crashes

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    Pacific Fleet Commander to Retire in Wake of Deadly Crashes
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    FILE - Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Scott Swift answers questions during a press conference with the USS John S. McCain and USS America docked in the background at Singapore's Changi naval base, Aug. 22, 2017, in Singapore.

    The commander of the United States Pacific Fleet is retiring after learning there's no possibility of him being promoted out of his current job, he told NBC News on Monday.

    Admiral Scott Swift was in charge of the Pacific Fleet during the period this summer when two different ship crashes left 17 sailors dead. 

    Swift has been the head of the U.S. fleet since 2015, serving as a regional leader during the deadly crashes of the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain in June and August, respectively.

    Swift said that Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson told him earlier Monday that he would not be re-nominated for the post.