US destroyer collision off Singapore leaves 10 sailors missing
The USS John S McCain destroyer class navy ship has collided with an oil tanker this morning near Singapore which has resulted in ten nay sailors missing with five more being injured. The warship has suffered damage at the rear left side.
The ship has been indulged in regular patrolling and naval exercises in the past with the South East Asian nations and is a 505 feet long which weighs about 9,000 tons. Interestingly, this is the second incidence of collision in just over two months with the first being USS Fitzgerald. Both the clashes happened in the Pacific Ocean with the first one ff the coast of Japan when USS Fitzgerald has collided with a container ship which has resulted in seven casualties.
The US Navy in a statement said that the USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while the destroyer was making its way to a routine port visit in Singapore. The collision was reported at 5:24 am local time. The Alnic MC weighs around 30,000 ton and is a 606 foot long oil tanker. At the time of collision, it was flying a Liberian Flag.
The rescue operations has been deployed in a war footing way with the help of helicopters and Marine Corps Ospreys aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America in addition with the Singaporean ships and helicopters to reduce the casulaties and by saving the stranded sailors.