US Navy 'to sack' Joseph Aucoin, Seventh Fleet commander

25 August, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Ora Austin
  • 3rd Class James Vazquez US Navy 7th Fleet

The victim was identified as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, who is from New Jersey.

The USS John S. McCain sustained significant hull damage, resulting in flooding of compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms, the statement added.

The 7th Fleet said divers will continue to search flooded compartments inside the ship, where some remains have been found.

The statement said that the RMN transfered the body to its frigate vessel KD Lekiu and it planned to surrender the remains to the US Navy tomorrow.

The navy was also examining whether a body found by the Malaysian navy was one of the missing sailors, he said.

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.

In June, seven sailors died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan.

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The incident took place on the first day of a joint drill of the U.S. Navy and its South Korean counterpart, aimed at sending a message to North Korea.

The Malaysian Navy had discovered the remains of the sailors on Tuesday while searching the area where the guided-missile destroyer, USS John S. McCain, collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC in Singapore waters on Monday. The crash injured five and left ten sailors missing presumed dead.

The US Seventh Fleet, the largest of the US Navy's forward deployed fleets, said the additional divers from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Singapore to support the search efforts within the ship. The bodies of seven USA sailors were found in a flooded berthing area after that collision.

McCain was brought back to Singapore after the collision.

The U.S. 7th Fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and at any given time includes between 50 and 70 ships and submarines, as well as 140 aircraft and roughly 20,000 sailors, according to the fleet's webpage.

An operational pause has been ordered by the United States navy worldwide to give its fleets time to assess safety.

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