The damaged USS John McCain is docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore August 22, 2017. Reuters/Calvin Wong
Speaking at a press conference held at the Changi Naval Base, Swift said they would follow the order of U.S. Navy Admiral John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
This, after the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS John s. McCain collided with an oil tanker Alnic MC in waters off the eastern side of Singapore Monday morning, leaving 10 sailors missing and five injured.
“We will implement the operational pause that CNO announced across all fleets, and that will include all units in the Pacific and will be complete by August 28,” said Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet.
Swift added that there would be a second phase of review.
“In addition, I have directed a second phase that will be focused on all surface ships deployed in the Pacific, including those forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka and Sasebo. This second phase will be a deliberate re-set for our ships, focused on a number of areas, such as navigation, ship’s mechanical systems, and bridge resource management. It will involve training and assessment by a team of experts with each ship and their watchstanders,” said Swift.
The United States Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) commander said divers have found remains within the damaged part of the destroyer, adding that the Malaysian authorities have also found remains.
Swift also ruled out the possibility of a cyber attack behind the incident.
Of the injured, four have been sent by helicopters to the hospital, while the other one with minor injury stayed with the damaged destroyer which managed to sail back to the Singapore’s Changi Naval Base Monday noon.
The U.S. side did not reveal the details of the missing and injured on grounds of privacy.
Search for the missing sailors were still underway. Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia joined the United States in the operation. — UNTV News and Rescue