Admiral John Richardson has ordered an operational pause in fleets throughout the world while the Navy works to uncover factors behind the deadly USS John S. McCain collision.
The Admiral tweeted that the Navy will conduct a full investigation, as well as a review into the involvement of “cyber intrusion or sabotage.” Richardson continued, “no indications right now…but review will consider all possibilities.”
10 U.S. sailors went missing following an early-morning collision between the Navy destroyer and a tanker near Singapore–marking the second deadly collision involving a Navy ship in the Asia-Pacific region in the last two months and the fourth collision this year.
Seven sailors drowned after The USS Fitzgerald encountered a Phillipine-flagged ship that slammed into its right side on June 17.
The Navy reports that in addition to the 10 missing sailors, five sailors were injured in Monday’s collision between the USS John S. McCain and a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker. Four sailors requiring additional treatment were taken via helicopter to Singapore.
Admiral Scott Swift of the U.S. Pacific Command said today the “some” remains of sailors have been recovered; found in a compartment on the destroyer. He added that one body was located by Malaysia. Swift reported that the U.S. Navy is in the process of obtaining possession of the remains and identifying the sailors.
He further stated that the Navy is grateful for the support of Singapore during this time.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.