Reports coming out of the Changi Naval Base, in the Republic of Singapore, are stating that ‘after more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.’
After the collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC — on August 21st — 10 sailors went missing.
Divers from the US Navy and Marine Corps are continuing ‘search and recovery’ efforts for the missing sailors inside the flooded compartments of the vessel.
The remains of one sailor was discovered by divers and has been confirmed as Kenneth Aaron Smith — 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey — whom served on the USS John S. McCain as Electronics Technician 3rd Class.
The following people have been reported as still missing:
– Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri
– Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas
– Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland
– Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio
– Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland
– Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York
– Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut
– Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas
– Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois
According to Navy.Mil, ‘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.’
What caused the incident is still under investigation.