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Remains Recovered Of CT Sailor Killed In Accident On USS John McCain

Dustin Doyon of Suffield was killed in a collision of the USS John McCain and an oil tanker.
Dustin Doyon of Suffield was killed in a collision of the USS John McCain and an oil tanker. Photo Credit: Facebook

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers recovered and identified remains of Louis Doyon, a 26-year-old from Connecticut who died aboard the USS John S. McCain after it collided with a merchant vessel near Singapore on Monday.

U.S. Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon was from Suffield. His body was recovered late Thursday.

More divers and equipment arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore to continue search-and-recovery operations for eight missing sailors inside flooded compartments of the ship, the U.S. Navy said.

Divers also recovered the remains of 22-year-old Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith from New Jersey.

The incident is under investigation, the Navy said.

U.S. and state flags in Connecticut have been ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of Doyon.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of Petty Officer Doyon and his fellow shipmates, who gave their lives serving our nation,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said Friday. “Petty Officer Doyon is an American hero who represented the best of Connecticut and the United States. This loss reminds us of the dangers faced day and night by the men and women of our military who are stationed overseas."

Flags will remain at half-staff until burial or memorial services are held, the details of which are forthcoming.

Related story: CT Sailor Among Those Missing On USS John S. McCain After Collision

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called for an investigation into the deadly collision.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Doyon family as this tragic search continues," Blumenthal said. "The Navy owes the family and our nation a swift and thorough investigation to determine how this could have happened and how to prevent future tragedy—the fourth major accident at sea this year and the second involving a Connecticut sailor."

In June, Ngoc T. Truong Huynh of Watertown was one of seven sailors killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan.

"As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I will be asking Chairman McCain and Ranking Member Reed to hold a hearing on the Navy's measures to investigate and correct the serious deficiencies that contributed to these collisions,” Blumenthal said.

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