Search Called off for Missing Sailors after Collision of USS John S. McCain with Alnic MC


After over 80 hours, the US Navy suspended concentrated search and rescue operations  for 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain. However, search operations will continue in the flooded compartments of the vessel.

The search commenced in a 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore after a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC on August 21.

The militaries of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia took part in the search operations.

This was the Navy’s fourth mishap in Asia this year.

The divers recovered the remains of one Sailor, confirmed as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Still missing are:

Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri

Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New York (no picture provided)

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut

Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas

Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois

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