Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy

UPDATE: 10 sailors have been reported missing and five injured

SOUTH CHINA SEA- The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.

There are currently 10 Sailors missing and five injured.

The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.

The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.

Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance.

The collision was reportedly with a 600 foot Liberian registered tanker.

This is the second incident in two months that a destroyer based at  Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision. Seven sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a tanker  in June.

Details remain sparse, but Navy officials said in a statement that “search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.”


The collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC happened while the U.S. ship was underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca at 6:24 a.m. local time, according to Navy officials.

The destroyer was en route to a routine port visit in Singapore.

Initial reports state the destroyer sustained damage to the rear, port side of the ship.

 

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