US Navy identifies 1 of 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors as search is suspended

The US Navy’s 7th Fleet announced it is suspending the search efforts for US Navy sailors reported missing after a collision between US destroyer USS John S. McCain and a commercial tanker on Monday.

The navy said it discovered the remains of one sailor while the other nine are still missing.

US and regional navies spent more than 80 hours searching for the missing sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Ten sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing sailors.

The recovered sailor was identified as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from New Jersey.

Still missing are:

Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Missouri
Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New York
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut
Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas
Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois

Multinational search efforts included ships and aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Air Force, Singapore Maritime Port Authority, Singapore Police Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Indonesian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.

The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.


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