Update, 31 August:

The Navy announced Thursday, August 31, that the 10 Sailors who died aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were posthumously advanced to their next rank.

Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri, was posthumously advanced to Chief Electronics Technician.

Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas, was posthumously advanced to Chief Interior Communications Electrician.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland, was posthumously advanced to Electronics Technician 1st Class.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York, was posthumously advanced to Information Systems 1st Class.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio, was posthumously advanced to Electronics Technician 2nd Class. Drake had been selected for promotion and authorized to wear the rank of a second class petty officer, but had not yet been advanced.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland, was posthumously advanced to Information Systems Technician 2nd Class. Eckels had been selected for promotion and authorized to wear the rank of a second class petty officer, but had not yet been advanced.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut, was posthumously advanced to Electronics Technician 2nd Class.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas, was posthumously advanced to Electronics Technician 2nd Class.

Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois, was posthumously advanced to Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was posthumously advanced to Electronics Technician 2nd Class.

The 10 Sailors were killed in a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC on Aug. 21.

Update: 8/27/2017 8:57:00 PM

The U.S. Navy has now recovered the other nine missing USS John S. McCain Sailors aboard the ship.
The U.S. Navy:

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers have now recovered the remains of all ten USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors.

The fallen Sailors are:

– Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri

– Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas

– Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland

– Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio

– Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland

– Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York

– Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut

– Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas

– Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois

– Electronics Technician 3rd Class, Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

On Aug. 24, divers recovered and identified the remains of Doyon and Smith.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.

Search, rescue and recovery operations have continued relentlessly since then.

While search and recovery efforts will continue, the U.S Navy today identified the one dead and nine missing USS John S. McCain sailors.

The U.S. Navy:

After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Ten Sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing Sailors.

The divers recovered the remains of one Sailor, confirmed as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Still missing are:

– Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri

– Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas

– Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland

– Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio

– Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland

– Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New York

– Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut

– Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas

– Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois

Multinational search efforts included ships and aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Air Force, Singapore Maritime Port Authority, Singapore Police Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Indonesian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of the dead sailor and continue for the families of those still missing.

Lead image: The crest of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) modified with the traditional black ribbon signifying remembrance or mourning. (U.S. Navy graphic illustration by Jason Kelly/Released)

Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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