Divers find bodies during search for ten missing sailors aboard the flooded compartments of USS John S. McCain

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday
Ten sailors were reported missing after the crash, and five were injured
Fleet Admiral Scott Swift held a press conference Tuesday and revealed divers had recovered the remains of some of the missing men
Malaysian Navy has also reported locating other potential remains
Authorities have not confirmed the identities of the sailors who were recovered
Megan Partlow of Ohio, revealed that her fiance Jacob Drake was on board the McCain, but she was losing hope of ever seeing him again.
Yesterday’s crash was the second major collision in two months involving the Navy’s 7th Fleet
Seven died in June when USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Navy will call for a pause in operations

22 August 2017

Divers have found remains of some of the ten missing sailors in a flooded compartment during a search of the USS John S. McCain.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca in the South China Sea, in the early hours of Monday morning.

The crash tore a gaping hole in the McCain’s left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments including the crew’s sleeping area and communication rooms, leaving five sailors injured and ten missing.

Today, Commander of the United States Navy Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift held a press conference at the Changi Navy Base in Singapore, where he revealed that divers ‘were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartment during their search.’

Swift said the Malaysian Navy has reported locating other potential remains and are working to confirm the identities.

Photos released by the Royal Malaysian Navy shows personnel covering up the remains of a missing sailor with a body bag, on the deck of KD Lekiu frigate, after the body was recovered in the waters off the Johor coast of Malaysia.
Naval ships from Singapore and Malaysia were aiding the U.S. Navy in a massive search that was continuing Tuesday, Swift said.

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