Swift said the Malaysian navy had reported locating other potential remains and was working to confirm the identities. Now 10 U.S sailors are missing.
Navy and Marine Corps divers found the remains in the sealed compartments aboard the McCain, said Swift, commander of the Pacific Fleet. In addition to the 10 missing sailors, the US Navy said five were injured in the collision. Divers had started assessing the warship's damaged hull, it said. Naval ships from Singapore and Malaysia were aiding the U.S. Navy in a massive search that was continuing Tuesday, Swift said.
The admiral did not rule out some kind of outside interference or a cyber-attack being behind the latest collision, but said he did not want to prejudge the inquiry. Seven US sailors were killed in that collision. In May, the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing boat while operating off the east coast of the divided peninsula. One sailor wrote the paper: "All I can say is, somebody wasn't paying attention".
"We can not confirm the identification of the body", Malaysian Navy said in a statement. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said it had deployed more than 500.
This is the fourth major collision in the Pacific this year.
The Navy has ordered an "operational pause", which Mr Blaxland said makes sense "to explore what on Earth is happening".
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The series of accidents in the Pacific "demands more-forceful action", Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, told reporters Monday, adding that there is "great cause for concern that there is something we are not getting at".
He said the navy would conduct an investigation "to find out if there is a common cause. and if so, how do we solve that". The admiral said he has spoken with the Navy's most senior surface-warfare officer and is considering the possibility of links between the McCain collision and the other mishaps.
The ship's propellers were damaged, and it returned to Yokosuka with the help of tugboats, the Navy said.
He said he had heard some reports speculating that the Navy could have been a victim of a cyberattack. John McCain, R-Ariz., and nicknamed "Big Bad John" - that had been on its way to a routine port visit in Singapore after patrolling in the South China Sea. The bow of the container ship, the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, slammed into the Fitzgerald's right side above the waterline, quickly flooding several areas inside the ship, including a berthing, or sleeping, area.
Earlier in the day, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), and a Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (PH 55) rendered assistance.