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The remains of the all the 10 US Sailors recovered from USS John S McCain; Search called off

US Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the remains of all the 10 missing sailors onboard USS John S McCain, which was involved in a collision with tanker, Alnic MC l on august 21).

 Six of the victims were electronics technicians, two were interior communications electricians, and another two, information systems technicians.

On 24 August, divers recovered and identified the remains of two of the sailors, both electronics technicians. The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.

 Separately, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that Singapore has ceased recovery operations after the missing crew was accounted for. According to MPA, Singapore co-ordinated a search-and-rescue operation with the United States, Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia; this involved more than 300 personnel from various Singapore agencies and covered a 5,524 km2 search area.

 Earlier, Singapore suspended its search-and-rescue operation on August 24, after the US Navy announced its suspension of search-and-rescue efforts to focus on the recovery of John S McCain.

 .USS America, which has been assisting John S McCain after the collision, has departed Singapore. While in Singapore, sailors and marines on board America provided initial support for the John S McCain crew.

USS John S MaCain a destroyer of the US Navy and part of the prestigious US Navy's seventh fleet looking after Pacific and Indian oceans was on a sensitive mission on South China Sea passing through the disputed islands and was on its way to Singapore when the collision took place. The commander of the Seventh fleet has since taken out of service. US Navy is conducting a probe into the incident.


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