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Remains of all missing sailors found

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain steers toward Changi Naval Base, Singapore, following a collision with an oil tanker. Associated Press/Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy

Remains of all missing sailors found

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors missing from the USS John S. McCain since last week, Navy officials confirmed Monday. The destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Aug. 21, leaving a deep gash in the ship’s side. The subsequent flooding filled crew berths and machinery and communications rooms. Navy investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the accident. The McCain’s incident marked the fourth involving a Navy vessel since January. The commander of the Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet lost his post over questions about his operational capabilities. After so many deadly accidents, commanders ordered the Pacific Fleet to conduct a thorough review of all vessels, looking at navigation, mechanical systems, bridge resource management, and training.

Leigh Jones Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.


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