Sailors Missing After USS John S. McCain Collides With Ship
SINGAPORE (WOLO) —
American, Singaporean and Malaysian armed forces are looking for 10 U.S. soldiers gone missing after an early morning collision between a Navy destroyer and oil tanker.
The USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant ship Alnic MC near Singapore at 6:24 Monday morning, Japan Standard time. At least five sailors were injured.
The guided missile destroyer was on a routine port visit when it crashed with the merchant vessel, the Navy said.
Four of the sailors injured in the ship collision were transported to a hospital in a Singapore navy helicopter. A fifth injured sailor did not require medical attention.
Senator John McCain tweeted that he and his wife Cindy McCain “are keeping America’s soldiers aboard the USS John S. McCain in our prayers tonight – appreciate the search & rescue crews.”
The USS John S. McCain has docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull. The 7th Fleet said in a statement that damage to the hull flooded nearby compartments including crew berths, machinery and communications rooms.
This latest indictment comes just two months after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan. 7 U.S. soldiers lost their lives in that incident and just last week the Navy relieved the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor for mistakes that led to the deadly crash.