Navy Adm. John Richardson Orders 'Operational Pause' for All US Fleets

Navy Adm. John Richardson Orders 'Operational Pause' for All US Fleets

Navy Adm. John Richardson Orders 'Operational Pause' for All US Fleets

Navy officials said Tuesday some remains have been found.

They include two involving fatalities, two USA officials said, according to the Journal.

The collision before dawn on Monday near Singapore tore a gaping hole in the McCain's left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments including crew berths and machinery and communication rooms.

It was the fourth accident involving US warships in the western Pacific this year.

The collision came two months after USS Fitzgerald was badly damaged in a collision on June 17 that killed seven sailors off the coast of Japan.

Military experts say the Navy's training is now being called into question, and a shakeup in leadership may be next.

Multinational search efforts in the surrounded waters had included vessels from the Royal Australian Air Force, as well as a series of Malaysian and Singaporean authorities.

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Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, is scheduled to address the media from Changi Naval Base at 7pm on Tuesday.

Ten American U.S. Navy Sailors were reported missing after the collision.

Additional divers will join the search area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, where the ship originally crashed into the tanker, according to a statement. "As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends", the statement said. The McCain remains docked in Singapore for repairs.

Swift said it was "premature" to say how many bodies have been found.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Monday that an extensive investigation was underway to "look at all related accidents, incidents at sea". Relatives have named at least five of the missing sailors.

Admiral John Richardson, the Navy's top officer, announced on Wednesday that all 277 Navy ships worldwide will take an "operational pause" to review basic seamanship, teamwork, and other "fundamentals", NPR reports.

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