The USS John S McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, collided with merchant vessel just east of Singapore on August 21st. The McCain was heading to Singapore for a routine port call according to a US Navy representative. In the collision, 10 sailors went missing.
On Monday, the US Navy reported that divers recovered the remains of all 10 missing sailors.
The 10 sailors who died in the USS John S McCain collision (clockwise from top left in the image above): Charles Nathan Findley, Abraham Lopez, Kevin Sayer Bushell, Jacob Daniel Drake, Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr, Corey George Ingram, Dustin Louis Doyon, John Henry Hoagland III, Logan Stephen Palmer and Kenneth Aaron Smith.
The sailors were aged between 20 and 39.
They have been identified as:
- 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
- Electronics Technician 3rd Class, Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
This specific collision was the fourth such incident for the fleet in the Pacific this year alone. As you would expect, this immediately prompted a fleet-wide investigation. In fact, plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety are already in place.
Immediately after the collision, officials in Singapore had coordinated a search and rescue operation with help from the United States, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia. The operation covered a massive area, specifically 5,524 sq km! It included more than 300 operatives from Singapore from the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defense Force.