And it’s rare for an admiral to get sacked for an operational failure as well, but I guess there are enough in high levels that are sick and tired of the status quo to do that as well.
Perhaps we can get it clarified when further reports, if any, come to light. To me it’s an indication that the investigation may have turned up a piss poor attitude towards watch-keeping and competency on a shipwide basis. That’s not an operational failure, it’s a leadership failure on multiple levels.
From an outside I would say that the Chiefs, those high level enlisted members, are what allow teenagers and those in their early twenties to conduct many complex evolutions day in and day out with a good safety record (the present seamanship fiasco being a notable exception). They should be held in high regard for those accomplishments.
It’s just time to apply many good principles in use by the military (and civilian sailors) to the subject of seamanship and proper watchkeeping. And if they don’t or can’t, to be held accountable as well.