No Sign Ship Collision Was Intentional -US Navy Chief

No Sign Ship Collision Was Intentional -US Navy Chief

No Sign Ship Collision Was Intentional -US Navy Chief

The collision between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant ship off the coast of Singapore has the Navy searching for 10 missing sailors. 10 sailors are missing and five have been injured.

The US Navy said four of the injured sailors had non-life threatening injuries and were medically evacuated to a Singapore hospital.

The USS John S. McCain's sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, nearly sank off the coast of Japan after it was struck by a Philippine container ship on June 17.

Other details about the collision were not immediately available.

Commissioned in 1994, the USS John S. McCain, like the Fitzgerald, is part of the Navy's 7th Fleet.

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

The US warship was transiting to Singapore for a routine port visit when it collided with Liberian-flagged oil and chemical tanker Alnic MC.

One of the missing seamen was named as Petty Officer Logan Palmer in a Facebook post by US Congressman Rodney Davis, who said that he was in touch with the missing man's family.

"We are proceeding to Raffles Reserved Anchorage, where the owners will investigate the matter".

A collision early on Monday with an oil tanker tore a large hole in the side of the USS John S. McCain.

The US Navy has ordered a wide investigation into its Pacific fleet after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.

A Malaysian official said Monday the sea in the area was "quite rough", with waves up to one meter (three-feet) high. He told The Associated Press in a message that he couldn't say what happened. "We will continue the search and rescue operations until the probability of discovering sailors is exhausted".

The waterways around Singapore are some of the busiest and most important in the world, carrying around a third of global shipping trade.

In a rare similar incident in 1964, the Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager was sheared in half by the aircraft carrier the HMAS Melbourne, killing 82 of the Voyager's crew.

McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, was heading to Singapore port when it collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC.

It was the fourth crash involving a US Navy ship in the past two years and the second in the past two months.

"Equipped with surface supplied air rigs, divers will access sealed compartments located in damaged parts of the ship", the Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement.

The pair of maritime mishaps in Asian waters comes at a tense time in the region.

USA senator John McCain tweeted that he and his wife were praying for the sailors.

The America's crew has also been helping control damage on the McCain and to feed and accommodate its sailors.

A press release on the John S. McCain released last week said that the crew had completed 350 maintenance and fix jobs while at sea. Search and rescue mission has been launched by the USA and Singapore authorities.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters at the Pentagon Monday that the possibility of cyber sabotage would be explored, though there were no indications the collision was intentional.

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