WASHINGTON – U.S. Navy divers have discovered the remains of some of the 10 missing sailors inside the damaged compartments on board the destroyer John S. McCain. Malaysian Navy forces discovered additional remains at sea as the search continues into its second day.

The head of U.S. Pacific Fleet announced the discovery Tuesday evening in Singapore, where McCain is in port as the divers continue to try and access spaces flooded after a collision with an oil and chemical tanker three times its size.

“The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today,” said Adm. Scott Swift said. Additionally, the Malaysian navy has reported that they have located potential remains. We are working to confirm and identify those remains. As more info comes in, we will make it available.”

After inspecting McCain, Swift said the damage was extensive.


David B. Larter was the naval warfare reporter for Defense News.

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