Search Area Expanding for USS John S. McCain Sailors


Story Number: NNS170823-02Release Date: 8/23/2017 9:27:00 AM
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From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) -- The search for missing Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) continues in the South China Sea and within the ship itself.

On Aug. 22, Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, announced that the remains of a number of the 10 missing John S. McCain Sailors were discovered within the ship.

On Aug. 23, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers continue to search the ship, seeking to locate more of the missing Sailors. In addition, they are conducting inspections of the damage to inform repair plans. More divers will join the effort Aug. 24.

At sea, search efforts are focused on an area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore where John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21. The area centers around the point of collision, and is expanding to encompass a greater area as time goes on.

On Aug. 22, the Royal Malaysian Navy discovered the potential remains of a missing Sailor while searching the area. The remains were transferred to the U.S. Navy where efforts are underway to determine identification.

Both the RMN and the Republic of Singapore Navy continue to assist the U.S. Navy in the search. Those efforts Aug. 23, involved RSN ships Gallant and Fearless, RMN ship Leiku and two SH-60S helicopters from USS America (LHA 6).

The incident will be investigated to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.

 
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A team of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers lower a tending line while conducting diving operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017.
170823-N-OU129-001 SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) A team of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers lower a tending line while conducting diving operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
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