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US Navy identifies 1 dead, 9 missing sailors

26 Août 2017

Divers have thus far recovered the remains of Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, of New Jersey, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of CT.

The U.S. Navy is also working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy about eight nautical miles northwest of the collision site.

Meanwhile, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore announced that Singapore chose to suspend the multi-agency search and rescue operation for the missing sailors, and will continue to support the US Navy in their search within the warship.

A Cherry Hill, New Jersey, man is among the sailors who went missing when a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with an oil tanker off Malaysia this weekend, his family tells NBC10.

The latest collision has already prompted a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in U.S. Navy operations.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post last night that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) respects the US Navy's decision to suspend search and rescue missions, and will also suspend its own operations, together with the MPA and the Police Coast Guard. A month earlier, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with a fishing vessel off the Korean Peninsula, and in January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yokosuka, Japan, where the U.S. Seventh Fleet is based. The search and rescue efforts for the nine other missing sailors have been suspended.

April Brandon, who lives in MI, told Detroit media outlets that her son joined the Navy out of a desire to serve his country but also for the education it provided.

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Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, relieved Aucoin "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command", according to a statement release by the Navy.

Family members of Dustin Doyon from CT confirmed that he was among the missing.

For the past two decades, the United States has deployed 100 ships continuously at sea despite a smaller fleet.

The remains found earlier in the week by the Malaysian navy were medically examined and will be returned to Malaysian authorities, the fleet said in a statement.

The Singapore government said no crew members were injured on the Liberian-flagged Alnic, which sustained damage to a compartment at the starboard, or right, side at the front of the ship. The commanding officer was relieved.

In remarks to reporters at the Pentagon Monday, Richardson said he was "devastated" to learn of the McCain collision, the second deadly collision involving a Navy destroyer within a span of three months. "We are also thankful to the United States Navy for their continued support and are thinking of the courageous crew of USS John S. McCain who are still hard at work with a difficult task".

US Navy identifies 1 dead, 9 missing sailors