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Regional navies intensify search for missing sailors in Singapore waters after USS John S McCain collision

22 August 2017

Key Points

  • A search for 10 missing US sailors off Singapore has intensified, even as the US Navy announces a review of its operations
  • Accident and subsequent search operations have raised concerns in Beijing, given the area's close proximity to its claims in the South China Sea

In the wake of a second collision involving an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the US Navy (USN) has ordered an 'operational pause', effective worldwide.

The pause has been directed by the service's chief of naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, to ensure that the respective fleet commanders are "taking all appropriate immediate actions to ensure safe and effective operations around the world".

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