MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Malaysian navy discovered the remains while searching the area where the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant vessel.
"The remains found by the Royal Malaysian Navy are not those of a USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailor," the statement said.
On Wednesday, US Navy Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was dismissed due to the loss of confidence following the deadly accident.
The McCain is the second Seventh Fleet ship to collide with another vessel this summer and the fourth since January. In June, seven sailors were killed in a separate incident when the US destroyer Fitzgerald hit a cargo ship off the coast of Japan. Both vessels belong the Seventh Fleet.