A US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of Singapore early Monday, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement, according to Fox59 in Indianapolis.
The USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while the destroyer was making its way to a port visit in Singapore, the Navy said.
Search and rescue efforts are under way, the statement said.
So far, there are currently 10 sailors missing and five are injured, according to the Navy.
The ship is reportedly sailing under its own power and headed to port.
Fox News reports:
Ten sailors are 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 U.S. Navy said late Sunday.
Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said.
Initial reports indicate the warship sustained damage to its port side aft.
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) August 20, 2017
The warship is named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both Admirals in the U.S. Navy, and the grandfather and father, respectively, of the Arizona senator.
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.
This crash came days after the top three leaders aboard the USS Fitzgerald were relieved of command. That warship was damaged badly in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors in June. One of its compartments flooded in about 90 seconds.
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