Divers find remains of all missing from USS McCain collision

2017-08-28 08:39
US Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP File)

US Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP File)

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Singapore - Divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors who went missing after the USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore last week, the US Navy said on Monday.

Navy and Marine Corps divers had been searching in flooded compartments of the destroyer for days after the damaged ship docked in Singapore. The cause of the August 21 collision is under investigation.

The crash ripped a gash in the McCain's hull, flooding crew berths and machinery and communications rooms.

The commander of the Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet was fired last week after a series of accidents this year raised questions about its operations.

The firing of Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, a three-star admiral, was a rare dismissal of a high-ranking officer for operational reasons.

The Navy also ordered an operational pause for its fleets worldwide to make sure all steps are being taken to ensure safe and effective operations.

The Pacific Fleet will also carry out a ship-by-ship review of its vessels, looking at navigation, mechanical systems, bridge resource management and training.

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