August 24, 2017
TOKYO — The U.S. Navy on Thursday turned its search and rescue mission to find 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain into a recovery operation, an acknowledgment that it does not expect to find any of them alive.
It also named the 10 who have been missing since the guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore before dawn on Monday.
“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, to which the McCain belongs, said in a statement Thursday.
The Navy said it has recovered the remains of one sailor, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from New Jersey. The Navy said it will continue search operations inside flooded compartments in the ship.
Still missing are:
Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from MissouriInterior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from TexasElectronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from MarylandElectronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from OhioInformation Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from MarylandInformation Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New YorkElectronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from ConnecticutElectronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from TexasInterior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois.read more here