Joseph Aucoin

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Joseph Aucoin
Aucoin in 2013
Born (1957-04-25) April 25, 1957 (age 60)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2017
Rank US Navy O9 infobox.svg Vice admiral
Commands held United States Seventh Fleet
Spouse(s) Cassandra Aucoin[1]

Joseph P. Aucoin (born April 25, 1957)[2] is an officer of the United States Navy and former commander of the United States Seventh Fleet.[3]


Vice Admiral Aucoin graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and received his commission through the University of North Carolina Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1980. He was designated a naval flight officer in 1981 and reported to Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat.[3]

He has served in five different Fleet and Fleet Replacement Squadron F-14 fighter squadrons, to include command of VF-41, he has also commanded Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3), and was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems before taking command of U.S. 7th Fleet.

He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with "V" and Bronze Stars. He is also an Arthur S. Moreau Scholar and holds master's degrees in Public Administration from Harvard University and in National Security Studies and Strategic Affairs from the Naval War College.[3]

Speaking at West 2017 Conference in February 2017, Aucoin stated, "If there's a fight tonight, it's probably going to happen on the Korean Peninsula."[4]

Following a collision between the Seventh Fleet destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and an oil tanker, the second such collision that resulted in fatalities in two months, Aucoin was relieved of his command on August 23, 2017, by Vice Admiral Phillip G. Sawyer, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet due to "loss of confidence in his ability to command."[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Savage, Lindsey (February 28, 2017). "Military Spouse Professional Development Symposium on March 14". Stripes Japan. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Person Details for Joseph P Aucoin, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"". Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin". U.S. 7th Fleet. United States Navy. Retrieved 18 June 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Eckstein, Megan (22 February 2017). "'3rd Fleet Forward' One of Several Tools to Deter North Korean Aggression". United States Naval Institute. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Martinez, Peter (August 22, 2017). "U.S. Navy to remove commander of 7th Fleet amid latest accidents". CBS News. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ McKirdy, Euan; Lendon, Brad (August 23, 2017). "US Navy 7th Fleet commander to be dismissed, official says". CNN. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ Tomlinson, Lucas (August 22, 2017). "Head of Navy's 7th Fleet to be relieved of duty after second deadly mishap in Pacific". Fox News. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ Lubold, Gordon (August 22, 2017). "U.S. Navy Relieves Admiral of Command After Collisions". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 23, 2017.