U.S. Navy Expands Search Area for USS John S. McCain Sailors

The search for missing sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) continues in the South China Sea and within the ship. 

Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, announced on Tuesday that the remains of a number of the 10 missing John S. McCain Sailors were discovered within the ship.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers continue to search the ship, seeking to locate more of the missing sailors. In addition, they are conducting inspections of the damage to inform repair plans.

At sea, search efforts are focused on an area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore where John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC on Monday.

The area centers around the point of collision, and is expanding to encompass a greater area as time goes on, U.S. Navy informed.

Both the RMN and the Republic of Singapore Navy continue to assist the U.S. Navy in the search. Those efforts involve RSN ships Gallant and Fearless, RMN ship Leiku and two SH-60S helicopters from USS America (LHA 6).

The incident will be investigated to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision, the Navy added.

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