USS John S. McCain Collides With Tanker Off Singapore
Ten sailors are missing and five reported injured.
Just days after the U.S. Navy released its official report on a deadly collision one of its destroyers sustained in Japanese waters, another incident has occurred, this time, off of Singapore.
According to NBC News, the USS John S. McCain, a 505-foot-long ship, collided with the 600-foot, 30,000-ton Alnic MC, an oil tanker, which was flying a Libyan flag.
The ship is named after Senator John McCain’s father and grandfather, both of whom were admirals in the Navy, and the senator tweeted his concern for the ship.
Cindy & I are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight – appreciate the work of search & rescue crews https://t.co/jzk9giXbfg
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 21, 2017
At press time, 10 sailors were missing, and five reported injured, which took place at 5:24 a.m. Singapore time (5:24 p.m. ET).
Per the U.S. Navy, the damage to its destroyer’s hull was significant, causing flooding in the crew’s sleeping quarters, as well as machinery and communications areas.
Besides the incident involving the USS Fitzgerald and now the John S. McCain, the U.S. Navy has sustained two other collisions in just over a year. The USS Champlain collided with a South Korean shipping boat on May 9, while the USS Louisiana collided with a naval port vessel off the coast of the state of Washington last August.
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