Published: Fri, August 25, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Remains discovered during searches after USS John S. McCain collision

Remains discovered during searches after USS John S. McCain collision

The Navy said Tuesday the remains of "a number" of the missing sailors were found within the ship but had yet to be identified.

Swift said the Malaysian navy had reported locating other body and was working to confirm whether it was one of the missing US sailors.

The US Navy said significant damage to the John S. McCain's hull caused flooding to berthing, machinery, and communications rooms.

The commander of the 7th Fleet was relieved of duty Wednesday following the collision and other accidents this year that raised questions about its operations in the Pacific.

It was the second fatal collision in two months after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off Japan in June, killing seven sailors.

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The destroyer USS John S McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC to the east of Singapore on Monday while heading to the city-state for a routine port call.

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, is traveling to Yokosuka, Japan, to remove Aucoin for a loss of confidence in his leadership, Navy Times reported. The sailors were said to be trapped in the ship's flooded compartments. Ten sailors assigned to the ship were missing following the accident.

The US Navy said the multinational search efforts continued at sea over an area of approximately 900 square nautical miles around the initial location of the collision. "We obviously have an investigation underway and that will determine what happened", he said.

Jacob Drake, from Cable, Ohio, is one of the missing sailors, our partners at WCMH-TV reported.

The chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, has ordered all of the roughly 275 ships in the Navy to take an "operational pause" for one or two days to review safety procedures.

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