The U.S. Navy has now recovered the remains of all 10 sailors who died after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore on Aug. 21.
The fallen sailors are:
- Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Missouri;
- Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas;
- Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland;
- Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio;
- Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland;
- Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New York;
- Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas; and,
- Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers recovered and identified remains of 26-year-old sailor, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, of Connecticut, last week.
The Navy had previously identified the remains of 22-year-old Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith from New Jersey.
Multinational search efforts covered an area of approximately 900 square nautical miles around the initial location of the collision, and additional divers from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Singapore to support search efforts within the ship.
There was significant damage to the hull of the USS John S. McCain, which resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery and communications rooms, 7th Fleet officials said, adding that damage control efforts by the crew stopped further flooding. The destroyer made its way back to Changi Naval Base in Singapore on its own power, despite a large hole in its port side.
U.S. Navy Adm. John Richardson called for a global fleet-wide operational pause of the U.S. Navy, given the USS John S. McCain’s collision with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore and the deadly June incident when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan and seven sailors died.
The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) also called for a comprehensive review, in addition to the ongoing investigations for both collisions, respectively.
As for the possibility that the collisions were caused by “cyber intrusion or sabotage,” Richardson tweeted Monday that there are “no indications right now, but [the] review will consider all possibilities.”
Among those involved in the search and rescue efforts for the USS John S. McCain sailors were: Indonesian Navy ships; KRI ships Barakuda, Pulau Rusa and Cucut; one NV 409 helicopter; and a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 maritime patrol aircraft. Also, assistance from the Royal Malaysian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy continues with RSN ships Gallant and Fearless and RMN ship Leiku.
The four sailors who were injured and flown off the ship to a hospital in Singapore were released and have returned to the command, the Navy reported.
The incident will be investigated to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.