MI woman's son among 10 sailors missing after Navy ship collision

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Remains that may belong to another sailor missing from the McCain were found by the Royal Malaysian Navy as it assisted the U.S.in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Swift said.

"Divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today", Swift said.

A number of bodies have been found the USS John McCain after Navy and Marine Corps divers entered flooded compartments on the vessel. "We are in the process of effecting the transfer of that body so we can start the identification process and determine whether it's one of the missing sailors or not". Divers had started assessing the warship's damaged hull, it said.

The collision - the fourth major accident in the US Pacific fleet this year - prompted a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a probe into recent collisions has been ordered.

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An initial review by the Navy of the collision of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan in June suggested multiple personnel failures. The incident resulted in the deaths of seven USA sailors.

"Additionally, the Malaysian Navy has reported that they have located potential remains", Swift said.

The navy said the body has been transferred to the frigate KD Lekiu and will be handed over to the USA navy on Wednesday.

The accident comes at a tense time for the U.S. Navy in Asia. "As such, I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world".

"While each of these four incidents is unique, they can not be viewed in isolation", Swift said.

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A senior admiral announced last week that the commander of the destroyer and several other officers had been relieved of their duties aboard their ship over the incident. Swift said four had been immediately flown by Singapore navy helicopters to a Singapore hospital, and the fifth was hospitalized when the ship reached Singapore.

Earlier in the day, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), and a Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (PH 55) rendered assistance.

"This trend demands more forceful action", Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said.

The collision tore a gash into the side of the Yokosuka-based ship, flooding sleeping quarters and other areas.

"The U.S. Navy, which likes to claim its presence can help safeguard "freedom of navigation" in the South China Sea, is proving to be an increasing hindrance to ships sailing in Asian waters", the newspaper said in an unsigned editorial.

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