Sailors from Michigan, Illinois and Ohio are among ten who are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker off Singapore Monday. They are still working to recover the body and transfer them to the U.S. Navy for identification.
Some cybersecurity experts have speculated cyber sabotage may be behind the accidents, but the Navy has said there is no evidence to indicate that. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family and we respectfully request that you honor our privacy".
The United States House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the slew of deadly warship collisions which have been taking place lately, when Congress returns from the summer recess.
"An expedited change in leadership was needed", a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday.
Divers from the Navy and Marine Corps recovered his remains during their search of the ship. About 35 sailors were in the sleeping area when the cargo ship's bore tore a hole in the side of the Fitzgerald, causing the compartment to flood.
The Navy will now carry out a "deliberate re-set" of all ships in the Pacific, focused on navigation, mechanical systems and bridge resource management, the Associated Press reports. In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a tanker ship, killing seven sailors. This is after more than 80 hours of search missions in the areas east of the Malacca and Singapore straits.
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