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In this Aug. 21, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi Naval Base, Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Navy and Marine Corps divers will enter flooded compartments on the USS John S. McCain to search for 10 sailors missing after the destroyer and an oil tanker collided in Southeast Asian waters, the 7th Fleet said Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy via AP)

The Navy ended its search for those missing from the USS John McCain



The Navy on Thursday ended its hunt for ten sailors who recently went missing following a collision between a destroyer and an oil tanker.

The Navy’s 7th Fleet also confirmed the identity of one body whose remains it had recovered in relation to the accident involving the USS John McCain.

The remains are reportedly from Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, of New Jersey.

The 7th Fleet added that divers will keep examining flooded compartments inside the John McCain, where some remains have previously been found.

The search began when the McCain became involved in an accident Monday that resulted in ten sailors vanishing and five others being injured.

Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced sadness over the Navy’s decision following the recent incident in the waters off Singapore.

The Navy said it spent 80 hours scouring a 2,100 square mile area east of Singapore before Thursday’s decision.

The search also included aircraft and ships from Singapore and other regional powers including Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Navy said earlier Thursday that a body Malaysian forces discovered at sea is not one of the McCain’s missing sailors.

The remains were instead medically examined and will be returned to Malaysian authorities, the military branch added.

The commander of the 7th Fleet was relieved of duty Wednesday following the McCain incident and similar, past events this year in the Pacific.

The firing of Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, a three-star admiral, is a rare dismissal of a high-ranking officer for operation reasons.

Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, who replaced Aucoin, on Thursday voiced gratitude for regional navies that helped look for the missing Americans.

“Often it is a brutal reminder that what we do is dangerous work in an unforgiving environment, requiring honed skills and constant vigilance,” he said in Bali, Indonesia. “And even with those, bad things can happen.”

Four sailors who were injured in Monday’s collision, meanwhile, were released from a Singapore hospital Wednesday after receiving treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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