Divers search flooded USS John S. McCain; sailors still missing

US fleet commander dismissed after Pacific warship collisions

A Detroit area man is among the sailors reported missing after guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain crashed with a merchant ship near Singapore on August 21, according to media reports.

"The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today", Swift told reporters on Tuesday at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, where the damaged warship is docked.

About 35 sailors were in the sleeping area when the cargo ship's bow tore a hole in the side of the Fitzgerald, causing the compartment to flood. Divers had started assessing the warship's damaged hull, it said.

That it has happened twice in two months to the Asia-based 7th Fleet, with the tragic loss of up to 17 lives, suggests broader and deeper maladies in the fleet and perhaps in the Navy more generally.

Upon receiving the news, both America and Singapore send out their ships and helicopters in a search-and-rescue mission at the entrance in one of the busiest shipping lanes globally.

It comes only two months after the USS Fitzgerald's collision with a Philippine container ship in the middle of the night off the coast of Japan. "We will continue the SAR operation until there's a determination that the probability of discovering sailors is exhausted".

In addition, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel on May 9 off the Korean Peninsula and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground January 31 in Tokyo Bay, near its home port of Yokosuka, Japan. "I'm just ready for answers", she said.

Over 400 dead, 600 missing in West Africa's Sierra Leone mudslides
Bodies have continued to be retrieved from the mud and rubble, but efforts to identify them are proving hard in the chaos. The Red Cross said it was struggling to excavate families buried deep in the mud that engulfed their homes.

"We can not confirm the identification of the body", Malaysian Navy said in a statement.

The McCain suffered a steering failure as the warship was beginning its approach into the Strait of Malacca, causing it to collide with a commercial tanker, a Navy official told CNN. It was the fourth accident involving US warships in the western Pacific this year.

The collision is the second by a United States ship with a civilian vessel in the Seventh Fleet area of operations this summer.

Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, on Monday ordered a pause in 7th Fleet operations for the next few days to allow commanders to get together with leaders, sailors and command officials and identify any immediate steps that need to be taken to ensure safety.

"We're always hopeful that there's survivors", the admiral said. To its credit, the service moved quickly to discipline a dozen sailors, including the two top officers and the top enlisted sailor, even while the investigation of the incident continues.

"I've heard of these reports of potential cyberattacks or cyber interference ... we've seen no indications of that as of yet", he said. The ship was carrying fuel oil, but no spill was reported.

China has been upset at USA freedom of navigation operations near Chinese controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea, where China has been reclaiming land, building air bases and increasing its military presence.

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