Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Remembers the U.S. Navy Sailors of the USS McCain Tragedy

August 25, 2017
Press Release
2 U.S. Navy Sailors Died in Accident Off the Coast of Singapore, 8 Missing as Navy Suspends Search-and-Rescue

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) spoke in remembrance today of the two deceased and eight missing U.S. Navy sailors of the USS John S. McCain tragedy. The ten sailors were serving aboard the USS John S. McCain when it collided with a merchant ship near Singapore on August 21, 2017.

“I was saddened to learn that the United States Navy suspended its search-and-rescue operations for the eight missing sailors of the USS John McCain,” said Congressman Cohen, “and to learn of the deaths of two other Navy sailors aboard the ship, Kenneth Aaron Smith and Dustin Louis Doyon. These Americans died serving our country and serving each other in camaraderie as shipmates. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent people in the United States Navy at the Millington Naval Base. I am thankful for their service and for the brave efforts of the sailors of the USS John S. McCain, who gave their lives in service to their country.

The USS John S. McCain, a missile-guided destroyer named in honor of United States Senator John S. McCain’s father and grandfather, both of whom were admirals in the U.S. Navy, was passing east of the Strait of Malacca on its way to Singapore when it collided with a merchant vessel. You can learn more about the victims in a New York Times article here.