Divers find remains in hull of damaged Navy destroyer

The ship was sailing to a port in Singapore

The ship was sailing to a port in Singapore

Swift said Malaysian authorities had also found a body and were sending it to the US Navy for identification.

Photo released by Royal Malaysian Navy, purportedly showing the damage to American guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain DDG 56 when it collided with Liberian merchant vessel Alnic MC early morning on 21 August.

The collision left the ship, now docked in Singapore, with a hole on its port side and flooded some nearby compartments housing crew, machinery and communications.

No one was injured, and both ships were able to sail away under their own power, the Navy said.

Speaking to reporters in Seoul Tuesday, Admiral Harry B. Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said the Navy was "working with our friends in Singapore and other nations in the region to help in the search and rescue effort".

It was the second major collision in two months involving the Pacific-based 7th Fleet, and the Navy has ordered a broad investigation into its performance and readiness. Reportedly, seven sailors lost their lives in June following the collision of the USS Fitzgerald with a container ship south of Japan.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said to have sailors killed in two collisions this year was disconcerting. John McCain, R-Ariz., and nicknamed "Big Bad John" - that had been on its way to a routine port visit in Singapore after patrolling in the South China Sea.

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On Monday, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said there were no indications so far the collision was intentional or the result of cyber intrusion or sabotage.

Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship the USS America, which was in port at Changi Naval Base, joined the search.

The family says they are remaining hopeful, and are awaiting more news from the U.S. Navy.

USA military divers continue to search the flooded areas of the McCain.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Monday that an extensive investigation was underway to "look at all related accidents, incidents at sea". The commander of USA naval operations has ordered a comprehensive review to get to root causes after the collision this week between a Navy destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore. "I have over 200 ships assigned to me, 60% of the United States Navy is assigned to the Pacific Fleet, so I am highly confident we can respond to any guidance or direction". The collision was reported at 5:24 a.m. Monday, east of the Malacca Strait, one of the world's most congested shipping routes. It is also the fourth incident involving vessels from the U.S. Pacific fleet since the start of this year, Reuters notes.

Long-standing protocols for avoiding collisions include having sailors watching the water on all sides, radar systems detecting obstructions and commanders carving clear paths ahead. The ship is named for his grandfather John Sidney McCain Sr. and his father, John Sidney McCain Jr.

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