>> The US Navy, on Thursday, suspending wider search and rescue operations after the warship USS John S McCain collided with a merchant vessel earlier this week. A statement on the 7th Fleet's website also disclosing the identities of a sailor killed, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, and of the nine sailors still missing following the collision in waters near Singapore and Malaysia.
An international operation had been looking for the missing crew in an area of over 2,000 square miles around the crash site. According to their statement, the Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments. The pre-Dawn collision on Monday was the fourth major accident for the U.S. Pacific fleet this year and has prompted a review of its operations.
The Navy on Wednesday removed 7th Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin from his post. Citing, quote, a loss of confidence in his ability to command after the run of accidents. Aucoin had been due to step down next month.