Sailors' remains found after United States warship collision

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25 August, 2017

It also added that it would be calling off its search and rescue efforts in surrounding waters near Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

US Navy and Marine Corps divers located some remains when they accessed sealed compartments in the damaged parts of the warship on Tuesday.

They include two involving fatalities, two United States officials said, according to the Journal.

Still missing are nine other personnel that include electronics and information technicians and communications electricians.

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the USA 7th Fleet based in Japan.

Divers have found remains in flooded compartments of the McCain, which is docked at Singapore's naval base, but the Navy has not disclosed specifics.

"Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America will continue search efforts today for 10 missing sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)", a statement said.

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The collision left the ship, now docked in Singapore, with a hole on its port side and flooded some nearby compartments housing crew, machinery and communications. Swift said four were immediately flown by Singapore navy helicopters to a Singapore hospital, and the fifth was hospitalized when the ship reached Singapore.

The accident occurred a mere two months after a collision of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald with a cargo ship off Japan's coast drowned seven sailors.

Adm Scott Swift said it was "premature to say how many and what the status of recovery of those bodies is".

At least five of the 10 missing sailors have been identified by relatives.

Swift said the investigation into the cause of the collision was continuing.

The incident triggered a rare worldwide "operational pause" of the US Navy's fleets as well as a review of operations.


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