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
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
.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.
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