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Remains discovered during searches after USS John S. McCain collision

24 Août 2017

One body and other human remains were uncovered during a search for 10 sailors who went missing on a US destroyer collision, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet announced on Tuesday.

The USS John S. McCain and a tanker collided Monday off Singapore and the remains of some missing sailors have been found.

Five sailors were hospitalized for their injuries, four were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Singapore, while a fifth stayed aboard until the ship docked and was taken to a local medical facility.

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer has collided with a merchant ship in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the USA ship was approaching Singapore on a routine port call.

The tanker it collided with, Alnic MC, sustained damage to a tank near the front of the ship 7m (23ft) above the waterline, but none of its crew were injured and there were no oil spills.

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The US Seventh Fleet, the largest of the US Navy's forward deployed fleets, said the additional divers from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Singapore to support the search efforts within the ship.

The US Navy has relieved Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin of his duties after two fatal collisions involving warships in Asia in less than three months.

Singapore, at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula, is one of the world's busiest ports and a United States ally, with its naval base regularly visited by American warships. The Seventh Fleet, headquartered at Yokosuka in Japan, is the centrepiece of USA military presence in Asia, undertaking sensitive missions such as operations in the South China Sea and around the Korean peninsula.

The Malaysian navy found the remains earlier this week after the USS John S McCain crashed with the tanker off Singapore.

The Navy also said it will continue to search within the USS John S. McCain itself. Seven sailors died on the Fitzgerald and 10 are missing on the John S. McCain.

Remains discovered during searches after USS John S. McCain collision