Ten American sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain was damaged after colliding with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.
The US navy said the warship had “sustained damage to her port side aft” in the collision with the Alnic MC east of the straits of Malacca and Singapore.
“There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured,” the navy said in a statement posted on the website of the commander of the US Pacific fleet.
“Search and rescue efforts” were underway in coordination with local authorities after the incident at 5.24am local time on Monday,
“In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the republic of Singapore navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters and police coast guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance,” it said.
The US warship was “currently sailing under its own power” to Singapore, the navy statement said, where it had been due for a routine port visit.
The statement gave no othe details about the missing crew. The incident would be investigated, it said.
Seven US sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off Japan in June.
The US navy said last week it had removed the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on the Fitzgerald after the fatal collision.
The John S McCain, which has seen service in the 2003 Iraq war, the Korean peninsula and Japan, is named after the father and grandfather of Arizona senator and former naval pilot John McCain, who were both US navy admirals. Senator McCain tweeted that he was praying for the crew.
The Alnic MC is an oil tanker that sails under the Liberian flag. It is 182m (600ft) long and has a deadweight tonnage of 50,760.
Ship tracking websites showed that the Alnic was currently east of Singapore. The ship’s data showed it was “ballasting”, meaning that it was not loaded full of oil for cargo.
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