CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) — 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.
The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.
City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob G. Rolison stated, “It is with great sadness we learn today that City of Poughkeepsie resident Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram is among those listed as missing following the recent accident involving the USS John McCain. Our thoughts and prayers are with Corey’s family, friends, and fellow shipmates. As the search continues, the Queen City sits with a heavy heart as we await the return of our hero, Corey George Ingram. We also extend our prayers to the families of the other missing sailors.”
Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro released a statement following the Navy’s announcement regarding that one of the nine missing sailors, following a collision Monday between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore, was Poughkeepsie native – Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram.
“We are saddened to learn Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, a City of Poughkeepsie resident assigned to the USS John S. McCain, is one of 10 sailors missing after the destroyer collided with a merchant ship near the coast of Singapore. Our thoughts are prayers are with his parents, Hubert and Jacqueline, one of our own Dutchess County employees, and his friends and loved ones during this time. We appreciate the brave men and women who are searching for Corey and his fellow sailors, and we pray they soon bring these American heroes home.”
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney also released the following statement saying, “This is heartbreaking. Petty Officer Ingram is an American hero and this tragedy is a reminder of the risks that our servicemembers take every day to keep our country safe. I hope everyone in the Poughkeepsie area will join me in saying a prayer for him and the Ingram family.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of the 10 sailors missing or killed in the collision involving the USS John S. McCain. Among the missing is a member of the family of New York, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram of Poughkeepsie. These sailors dedicated their lives to serving our nation and protecting the values and freedoms that this county and this state were founded upon. I urge all New Yorkers to keep them in their thoughts and prayers during this trying and difficult time.”