Sailors Missing After US Navy Destroyer Collides With Cargo Ship In Singapore

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 21, 2017

The U.S. Navy has said 10 sailors from the USS John S. McCain are missing after it collided with the Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore and the Malacca Strait early Monday.

The John S. McCain, which has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 sailors, is based at the 7th Fleet's homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, according the Navy's website.

The destroyer was travelling to Singapore for a routine port visit at the time.

The Navy is searching for 10 missing sailors and has reported five more injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of Singapore.

Search and rescue efforts are underway, U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet says.

The statement did not give further details.

Just last week, the Navy relieved three senior officers from the Fitzgerald for errors leading to the fatal collision.

USS John S. Mc Cain with hole on side  Twitter/@mykamarul
USS John S. Mc Cain with hole on side Twitter/@mykamarul

The ship was not disabled and was motoring to port under its own power hours after the crash, officials said. In June, US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship.

The destroyer has played a small role in recent tensions with North Korea, carrying out a "freedom of navigation operation" on August 10, when it sailed to within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, the Navy said earlier this month.

The sailors, aged 19 to 37, were found by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore a huge gash in the side of the Fitzgerald.

The damage and personnel injuries are being determined.

A wide-ranging search and rescue operation is under way. "The incident will be investigated".

Search and rescue efforts are under way for 10 missing sailors after a U.S. warship collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday morning. Japanese investigators have interviewed the Filipino crew of the 222-meter (730-foot) cargo ship, while the USA authorities are also probing the crash.

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