On August 21, 2017, USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), was involved in a collision with the Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC off the coast of Singapore and Malaysia, east of the Strait of Malacca. According to a U.S. Navy press release, the breach “resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms.”

Ten US Navy sailors died as a result of the crash, which prompted the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore to start a multi-agency SAR effort as the agency responsible for coordinating SAR operations within Singapore’s Maritime Search and Rescue Region (MSRR).  The Singapore Transport Safety Bureau (TSIB) also launched a marine safety investigation following the collision in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s Casualty Investigation Code in Singapore’s capacity as a coastal state, and published its final report on March 8, 2018.  The U.S. Navy announced on August 24, 2017 that it had suspended search-and-rescue efforts for survivors in the open sea to focus on the recovery of the remains of the missing sailors still inside the flooded compartments of the ship.  By August 27, U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps divers had recovered the remains of all ten sailors.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckles, 23, from Manchester, Maryland
Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri
Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York
Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas
Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey