Tags: USS John S. McCain | collides | ship | Singapore

USS John S. McCain Collides With Merchant Ship

Image: USS John S. McCain Collides With Merchant Ship
USS John S. McCain (AP)

By    |   Sunday, 20 August 2017 07:55 PM

The Navy said 10 sailors were missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca.

The collision with the vessel Alnic MC was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time on Monday, as the USS John S. McCain was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore, according to officials with the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs.

Initial reports indicate that the destroyer sustained damage to her port side aft.

Search and rescue efforts were underway in coordination with local authorities.

It is the second collision involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.

The Fitzgerald's captain was relieved of command and other sailors would be punished after the Navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the Navy announced last week. An investigation into how and why the Fitzgerald collided with the other ship was not finished, but enough details were known to take those actions, the Navy said.

The Japan-based 7th Fleet said the McCain was heading to Singapore for a routine port visit.

The ship is based at the fleet's homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. It was commissioned in 1994 and has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted sailors, according the Navy's website.

It was named for the father and grandfather of U.S. Sen. John McCain. Both men were Navy admirals.

Sen. McCain on Sunday tweeted out his thoughts:

The McCain was fighting flooding in several places, CNN reported, and though its propulsion and electrical power were limited, it was steaming under its own power to port. 

Responding to the collision were helicopters, a Marine Corps Osprey aircraft and ships and helicopters from Singapore. Merchant marine websites said the Alnic flew the Liberian flag.

A Navy spokesperson told NBC news the collision was being treated as an accident. 

When a reporter shouted to President Donald Trump about the accident, he said, "That's too bad."

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain has collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, according to officials with the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs.The collision with the vessel Alnic MC was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard...
USS John S. McCain, collides, ship, Singapore
392
2017-55-20
Sunday, 20 August 2017 07:55 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved