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Family and friends hope for the best for missing NJ sailor

Family and friends hope for the best for missing NJ sailor

Divers from Camp Pendleton's 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Singapore Thursday to help search for the remains of nine sailors still missing following a collision earlier this week between the USS John S. McCain and the oil tanker Alnic MC in the South China Sea, the Navy said.

The pause and individual reviews follow the deadly collision of the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in the straits of Malacca, the second such incident in a month, which left 10 US sailors missing and five injured.

The 7th Fleet said divers will continue to search flooded compartments inside the ship, where some remains have been found.

"While each of these four incidents is unique, they can not be viewed in isolation", Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift said late Tuesday in Singapore.

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Earlier Thursday, divers recovered the remains of 22-year-old electronics technician 3rd Class, Kenneth Aaron Smith from New Jersey.

The head of the Navy told commanders to pause their operations after the incident, the second deadly collision in recent months, and carry out safety reviews.

"When I first found out he was one of the missing, it was very hard, I cried for hours nonstop", she said.

Swift said the investigation into the cause of the collision was continuing.

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Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the position and promotion to Vice Admiral, will assume command immediately.

Five US sailors were injured in the accident, although the US Navy said none of those injuries was life-threatening.

He also said a comprehensive review would examine the training of United States forces deployed to Japan. The Navy fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan.

On Monday the Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders within a week to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days", for crews to sit down together for discussions.

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Tensions have eased since Kim pulled back from a plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam. Trump himself recently threatened "fire and fury" against Pyongyang, rhetoric that alarmed many observers in East Asia.

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