The U.S. Navy announced on Sunday it had recovered the remains of all ten sailors missing after a deadly collision in the Pacific Ocean, The Hill reports.
The USS John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer, collided with an oil tanker earlier this week, the second ship within three months to hit a commercial vessel. The incident led to the Navy dismissing Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
Some of the sailors’ remains had been found earlier this week in the flooded part of the vessel. The Navy says it is currently investigating the matter to determine the cause of the collision.
The Navy previously identified eight crew members who were missing as Charles Nathan Findley, Abraham Lopez, Kevin Sayer Bushell, Jacob Daniel Drake, Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., Corey George Ingram, John Henry Hoagland III and Logan Stephen Palmer.
The bodies of Kenneth Aaron Smith and Dustin Louis Doyon were previously recovered.
The USS John S. McCain collided with the Alnic MC, a 30,000-ton chemical and oil tanker sailing under the Liberian flag, on August 21 local time in the waters east of the Straits of Malacca.
Named after the father and grandfather of Senator John McCain, the 8,300-ton destroyer had finished patrolling the South China Sea and was heading to Singapore when it collided with the much larger vessel.
It was the second deadly collision involving a Navy destroyer and a merchant vessel in a little more than two months. On June 17, seven U.S. sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan.