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Special Report: USS John S. McCain Collision

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.

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USS John S. McCain Collides with Merchant Ship (Aug. 21, 3:42 a.m. EDT)
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has arrived at Changi Naval Base following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.

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CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (Aug. 21, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrives pier side at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (August 21, 2017) Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (August 21, 2017) Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrives pier side at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrives pier side at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors man the rails as tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors man the rails as tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)

 

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America pulls into Changi Naval Base to support USS John S. McCain (Aug. 21, 7:58 a.m. EDT)

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived Aug. 21 at Changi Naval Base and is moored across the pier from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 21, 2017) The crew of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander A. Ventura II/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 21, 2017) The crew of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander A. Ventura II/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) monitor the ship’s course as the crew prepares to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), moored pierside in Singapore following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander A. Ventura II/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) monitor the ship’s course as the crew prepares to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), moored pierside in Singapore following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander A. Ventura II/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) look on as the ship arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander A. Ventura II/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) look on as the ship arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander A. Ventura II/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 21, 2017) An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) after returning from aerial surveillance in support of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 21, 2017) An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) after returning from aerial surveillance in support of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)
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Statement from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain (Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. EDT)

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Statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson on USS John S. McCain (Aug. 21, 10:54 a.m. EDT)

Search Efforts Continue for USS John S. McCain Sailors (Aug. 21, 8:52 p.m. EDT)
Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) will continue search efforts Aug. 22 for 10 missing Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).

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Divers Join Search for Missing USS John S. McCain Sailors (Aug. 22, 10:35 a.m. EDT)
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers began searching for 10 Sailors from USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), missing since the guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel Alnic MC collided early Aug. 21.

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Pacific Fleet Cmdr: Remains of Some USS John S. McCain Sailors Located (Aug. 22, 10:45 a.m. EDT)
Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, said some of the 10 missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors were discovered Aug. 22, by divers performing recovery operations inside the guided-missile destroyer. Adm. Swift made the announcement during a press briefing at Changi Naval Base where USS John S. McCain is currently moored.

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Good evening. I’m Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet. I’ve got a brief statement to make and then I’ll take your questions following that statement.

As most of you know, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the straits of Malacca yesterday at 5:24 a.m. local time, Monday, Aug. 21. McCain was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore when the collision occurred.

Right now, we are still searching for our 10 missing Sailors. That remains our focus. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of those Sailors and the families of our Sailors who were injured.

Ships and aircraft from the Royal Malaysian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy joined search efforts yesterday and continue to provide assistance, along with aircraft from USS America.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers joined the search today, accessing sealed compartments in damaged parts of the ship.

The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today. Additionally, the Malaysian navy has reported that they have located potential remains. We are working to confirm and identify those remains. As more info comes in, we will make it available.

While the search and rescue efforts continue, I sincerely thank our Singapore partners, our Malaysian partners and everyone who has responded with urgency, compassion and tireless commitment.

Four of the five Sailors that were injured were medically evacuated by a Singapore navy helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries. The fifth injured Sailor was transferred after John S. McCain arrived here at port. I visited with those Sailors earlier today and they are doing well.

John S. McCain and America arrived at Changi Naval Base yesterday afternoon. While both ships are in Singapore, America is providing messing and berthing services to John S. McCain crew members and supporting damage control efforts on board which are focused on dewatering the ship and restoring auxiliary systems.

Our priority here in Singapore is taking care of the crew and their families, ensuring they have all the resources they need and are updated on the status of their ship and their shipmates. I visited with the crew today. They are tough and they are resilient, and it is clear that their damage control efforts saved their ship and saved lives.

I ask all of you to keep the affected Sailors and their families in your thoughts and prayers, and respect their privacy. Families who are seeking information can call our crisis hotline and we are continuing to provide updated information as soon as we get it via social media accounts and the Seventh Fleet website.

From my visit in John S. McCain today I can tell you she has sustained significant damage to her port side aft. The flooding was halted, but the extent of damage is still being determined.

We will conduct a thorough and full investigation into this collision, what occurred and what happened.

As you know, this collision has happened within two months of another, the collision involving USS Fitzgerald, which caused the death of seven Sailors. And earlier this year, there were two other incidents involving surface ships in the Western Pacific.

One tragedy like this is one too many. And while each of these four events is unique, they cannot be viewed in isolation. I welcome the broad comprehensive review announced by our chief of naval operations. I talked this morning with Admiral Davidson on the phone this morning and I look forward to working with him, as the senior surface warfare officer in the Navy, to find out whether there is a common cause at the root of these events and if so, how we solve that.

We will implement the operational pause that CNO announced across all fleets, and that will include all units in the Pacific and will be complete by August 28.

In addition, I have directed a second phase that will be focused on all surface ships deployed in the Pacific, including those forward deployed naval force in Yokosuka and Sasebo.

This second phase will be a deliberate re-set for our ships, focused on a number of areas, such as navigation, ship’s mechanical systems and bridge resource management. It will involve training and assessment by a team of experts with each ship and their watchstanders, and it will be phased in order to cover ships in port and on station at sea. We will take what we learn through each phase and apply it as we progress.

Tomorrow I will be traveling to Yokosuka for discussions with Seventh Fleet leadership and engage with the families of USS John S. McCain there.

Make no mistake, our Sailors and these ships are doing critical work at sea and for more than 70 years, the U.S. Navy has helped guarantee the security and stability of the Western Pacific. All nations in this region and beyond have benefitted from the resulting prosperity that their service has enabled. This work by our Sailors is difficult, but it is incredibly important, and enduring.

We owe it to Sailors that man Seventh Fleet and their families to answer the questions that flow from the uncertainty of what happened, how could it happen, and what can be done to prevent such occurrences in the future. We owe it to each and every one of them to pursue answers to these questions and others that may be on their mind. We are absolutely committed to doing just that.

Thank you, and with that I look forward to answering your questions.

7th Fleet Commander Relieved due to Loss of Confidence (Aug. 23, 4:55 a.m. EDT)
From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the position and promotion to vice admiral, will assume command immediately.

Search Area Expanding for USS John S. McCain Sailors (Aug. 23, 9:27 a.m. EDT)
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 itself.

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SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) A U.S. Navy diver enters the water while conducting diving operations in support of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) A U.S. Navy diver enters the water while conducting diving operations in support of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) A team of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers lower a tending line while conducting diving operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) A team of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers lower a tending line while conducting diving operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers provide support to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2017) U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers provide support to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 23, 2017. John S. McCain sustained significant damage following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Joshua Dumke/Released)
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Navy Family Provides Support for USS John S. McCain Sailors, Families (Aug. 23, 10:40 a.m. EDT)
While efforts continue in the search to locate their missing shipmates, Sailors from USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) are trying to regain some stability and their Navy family is working to aid that process.

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SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) supply department organize towels in the ship’s hangar bay. America Sailors are providing support to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristina Young/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) supply department organize towels in the ship’s hangar bay. America Sailors are providing support to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristina Young/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) supply department inventory coveralls in the ship’s hangar bay. America Sailors are providing support to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristina Young/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) supply department inventory coveralls in the ship’s hangar bay. America Sailors are providing support to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristina Young/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Elliot Lee, assigned to the engineering department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), transports a RAMFAN 2000 from the ship’s lower vehicle stowage area to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristina Young/Released)
SINGAPORE (Aug. 21, 2017) Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Elliot Lee, assigned to the engineering department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), transports a RAMFAN 2000 from the ship’s lower vehicle stowage area to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision in the Straits of Malacca. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristina Young/Released)
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Message from U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift (Aug. 24, 4:10 a.m. EDT)
This week has been a very difficult one for Pacific Fleet and our Navy family.

I’ve just departed Yokosuka after meetings today with FDNF command triads, with the families of USS John S. McCain, and with the crew of USS Fitzgerald. Earlier in the week, I went aboard USS John S. McCain after it arrived in Singapore and talked with many of her crew as well. I visited with the injured McCain Sailors in the hospital and met with the families that had traveled to Singapore to meet the ship in what they expected to be much happier circumstances.

In talking with each of those groups, what was very apparent to me was the toughness and the resilience that makes our Sailors and families so special. They are fighters. In the wake of two tragic collisions, our hearts may be broken but our will remains strong. The Pacific Fleet has faced adversity before in our history, and no matter the challenge, we have overcome it. The toughness and resilience that I saw in full display by Pacific Fleet Sailors and their families in both Singapore and Yokosuka is part of our heritage.

The work our Navy does in this part of the world is critical for the nation and the region. For decades, our Navy has helped provide the security and stability at sea in our area of responsibility to the benefit of all, and we continue to do just that today. We are the most capable Navy on earth, and Pacific Fleet makes up nearly 60 percent of that Navy.

We will determine the causes of these incidents, we will learn from them and we will apply those lessons. What changes need to be made will be made. We have the full support of and forceful backup from our CNO to provide the resources and the oversight necessary to fulfill this pressing requirement. As much or more so than any of my 34 predecessors as Pacific Fleet commander, I have the utmost confidence in you, the Sailors of Pacific Fleet.

USS John S. McCain Update Regarding Remains Found by Malaysian Navy, Search Effort, Injured Sailors (Aug. 24, 7:20 a.m. EDT)
The remains found by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) are not those of a USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailor. On Aug. 22, the RMN discovered the remains while searching the area where the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant vessel.

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U.S. Navy Identifies One dead, 9 missing USS John S. McCain Sailors (Aug. 24, 9:11 a.m. EDT)
Ten Sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing Sailors.

The divers recovered the remains of one Sailor, confirmed as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

U.S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith

Still missing are:

  • Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri

U.S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley

  • Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas

U.S. Navy file photo of Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez

  • Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland

U.S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell

  • Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio

U.S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake

  • Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland

U.S. Navy file photo of Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckles

  • Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New York
  • Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut

U.S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon

  • Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas

U.S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland

  • Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois

U.S. Navy file photo of Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer

Multinational search efforts included ships and aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Air Force, Singapore Maritime Port Authority, Singapore Police Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Indonesian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.

The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.

Navy Provides Details of Comprehensive Review (Aug. 24, 6 p.m. EDT)
In a memorandum dated Aug. 24, 2017, to Adm. Philip Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. William Moran, detailed Davidson’s responsibilities as the head of the chief of naval operations directed comprehensive review.

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U.S. Navy Identifies Second Deceased USS John S. McCain Sailor (Aug. 25, 7:32 a.m. EDT)
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers recovered and identified remains of 26-year-old USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailor, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, of Connecticut, Aug. 24.

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New 7th Fleet Commander Arrives in Yokosuka, Japan (Aug. 25, 8:21 a.m. EDT)
Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, arrived in Yokosuka Aug. 25, after assuming command Aug. 23.

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, had relieved then commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Aug. 23, due to a loss of confidence in Aucoin’s ability to command.

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USS America Concludes Support to USS John S. McCain (Aug. 27, 8:06 a.m. EDT)
The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Singapore after supporting the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Aug. 27. America will continue on its maiden deployment.

With America’s departure McCain Sailors will continue to receive all necessary support from the American military community in Singapore. This support includes: lodging, meals, new uniforms, transportation, counseling services, Wi-Fi access; and a call center for Sailors to continue communicating with their families.

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U.S. Navy Recovers Remaining USS John S. McCain Sailors aboard Ship (Aug. 27, 8:57 p.m. EDT)
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers have now recovered the remains of all ten USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors.

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Navy Intends to Heavy Lift USS John S McCain (DDG 56) to Yokosuka (Sept. 6, 10:53 a.m. EDT)
The Navy intends to issue a task order on an existing contract, for the salvage patching and transport via heavy lift of USS John S McCain (DDG 56) from Changi Naval Base in Singapore to the U.S. Navy’s Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan.

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