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Navy Recovers Bodies Of All 10 Missing USS McCain Sailors
Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the bodies of all 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors killed in a collision last week, the Navy said Monday.
The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer was traveling to Singapore for a routine port visit when it collided with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 missing.
The Navy previously announced it had recovered the bodies of Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of Connecticut, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, of New Jersey.
Monday morning’s statement said the following sailors’ remains had been found:
- Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, of Missouri
- Petty Officer 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, of Texas
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, of Maryland
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, of Ohio
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, of Maryland
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, of New York
- Petty Officer 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, of Texas
- Petty Officer 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, of Illinois
The Navy is investigating the causes of the crash between the destroyer and the Alnic MC merchant vessel that happened Aug. 21 in waters just east of Singapore.
Four of the injured sailors, who had been flown from the ship to a Singapore hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, have returned to their unit, the service said last week. The fifth injured sailor did not require further medical treatment after the collision.
Fallout from the collision resulted in the dismissal last week of then-7th Fleet commander Vice. Adm. Joseph Aucoin and a one-day safety stand-down observed by unites across the Navy on an individual basis.
The Navy deployed the amphibious-assault ship USS America to Singapore to aid the McCain crew. The America deployed MV-22 Ospreys and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters to assist with the search as well as divers to search flooded compartments of the ship. The America also helped feed and accommodate the destroyer’s crew.
Navy officials announced Sunday that the America had wrapped up its McCain support and was returning to its scheduled missions. Surviving McCain crew members will continue to receive support from the U.S. military community in Singapore.
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"You know, when I came here, three years ago almost, Gen. Mattis told me, 'Sir, we're very low on ammunition,'" Trump recalled on Monday at the White House. "I said, 'That's a horrible thing to say.' I'm not blaming him. I'm not blaming anybody. But that's what he told me because we were in a position with a certain country, I won't say which one; we may have had conflict. And he said to me: 'Sir, if you could, delay it because we're very low on ammunition.'
"And I said: You know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general," Trump continued. "No president should ever, ever hear that statement: 'We're low on ammunition.'"
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At least one Air Force base is waging a slow battle against feral hogs — and way, way more than 30-50 of them.
A Texas trapper announced on Monday that his company had removed roughly 1,200 feral hogs from Joint Base San Antonio property at the behest of the service since 2016.
In a move that could see President Donald Trump set foot on North Korean soil again, Kim Jong Un has invited the U.S. leader to Pyongyang, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the North's Foreign Ministry said it expected stalled nuclear talks to resume "in a few weeks."
A letter from Kim, the second Trump received from the North Korean leader last month, was passed to the U.S. president during the third week of August and came ahead of the North's launch of short-range projectiles on Sept. 10, the South's Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
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In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.