One Dead, 9 Missing McCain Sailors Identified; Search and Rescue Efforts Suspended
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore — After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search-and-rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square-mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, the 7th Fleet said in an Aug. 24 release.
Ten Sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged oil tanker 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, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, N.J. Still missing are:
■ Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Mo.
■ Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas.
■ Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Md.
■ Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio.
■ Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Md.
■ Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
■ Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Conn.
■ Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas.
■ Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Ill.
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.