US ship collides with merchant vessel east of Singapore

Published: 13.08.2017 Related countries:  Singapore Singapore

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC before dawn while heading to Singapore for a routine port call

Singapore: A rescue operation is under way for 10 sailors missing after a US destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, in the second accident involving an American warship in two months.

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours, the US Navy said a statement.

“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” it said.

“There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured... Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.

“The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.”