All Ten Sailors Found And Reported Dead After USS John S McCain Crash

credit: morguefile.com

Divers from the Navy and Marine Corps have located all of the ten sailors who died when their destroyer John S McCain collided with an oil tanker on August 21.

Two bodies were found on Friday, and eight others were found across the weekend. The accident occurred when an oil tanker collided with the destroyer, causing a gash that flooded crew berths, machinery rooms and communication rooms.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Pacific Fleet will carry out reviews of their vessels, ship-by-ship. 

This has been the second deadly collision involving a Navy destroyer and another vessel in a little over two months. In June, seven sailors died after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan. 

Due to these incidents, the commander of the 7th fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was fired on Wednesday. The Navy said it was “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command”.

Our thoughts are with the sailors’ families. 

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