USS John S. McCain Collides with a Merchant Vessel Near Singapore: 10 Sailors still Missing

first published on August 21, 2017 by

The US Navy Destroyer John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel near the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Ten Sailors remain missing; Five others have been treated for minor injuries the Navy has reported.

The damaged vessel returned to Changi Naval Base in Singapore mid-afternoon Monday, while search efforts for the missing crew continue. The statement issued by the 7th Fleet detailed that:

“Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance.

Additionally, MH-60S helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) are in the area providing search and rescue assistance.”

John S. McCain

This is the second recent collision of a Navy ship, after the USS Fitzgerald was struck by a merchant vessel in June, killing 7 sailors. A third collision occurred in May when the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing boat. However, no one was injured in the accident.

According to the Navy Times, “Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is planning to announce a fleet-wide navigation safety review in light of the destroyer John S. McCain’s at-sea collision Monday with a oil tanker near Singapore.”

Additionally, Defense Secretary Mattis echoed his support for Adm. Richardson and his wider investigation into current Naval operations.

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