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U.S. Navy to launch probe as search for sailors continues

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:12

Ships, aircraft and divers from an international search-and-rescue operation are still looking for 10 missing U.S. sailors after a collision between a warship and a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore, as the U.S. Navy plans a fleet-wide probe into all operations. Grace Lee reports.

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The search for missing American sailors off the coast of Singapore continuing into Tuesday (Aug 22), as the Pentagon announces sweeping plans halts to U.S. naval operations in Asia. Ten crew members of the USS John S. McCain are still unaccounted for, after the warship collided with an oil tanker in the early hours of Monday (Aug 21). It's the U.S. pacific fleet's fourth major accident this year, prompting a widespread probe. "The chief of naval operations' broader inquiry will look at all related accidents, incidents at sea, that sort of thing. This is a broader look at what is happening," said U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday. The crash comes just two months after another U.S. Pacific warship, the Fitzgerald, nearly sank off the coast of Japan after a collision. That accident costing seven American lives, with some crew members trapped after the impact. Now, there are fears that sailors on board the John S. McCain may have suffered a similar fate. The force of the crash tore a hole in the warship's port side and flooded several compartments, including an area where members of the crew slept.

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U.S. Navy to launch probe as search for sailors continues

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:12