Warship Collision: ten sailors missing, five injured, confirms US Navy

A map shows the location where the Alnic MC merchant vessel came to a halt after a collision with the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. Mc Cain east of Singapore

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain was involved in a collision with the oil tanker Alnic MC early Monday morning, according to the 7th Fleet Public Affairs Office.

The collision between the USA guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel Alnic MC was reported at 6.24am Japan Standard Time. After the collision, it sailed under its own power, heading to the port. Apart from Singaporean and Malaysian coast Guards and Navies, United State Military Helicopters are also performing the search and rescue operations.

Search and rescue efforts are ongoing for 10 missing sailors, with US Air Force MH-60S helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys assisting Singapore Navy vessels.

According to the Marine Traffic website, the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC, is a 183-metre long oil tanker with a deadweight of more than 50,000 tonnes.

"There is no report of oil pollution and traffic in the Singapore Strait is unaffected".

There was no immediate explanation for the collision and the Navy said an investigation would be conducted.

The US Navy reported that 5 others have been injured in the collision, which is the second such incident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th fleet in the Pacific Ocean over the past two months.

Earlier in the month, a sailor aboard the USS Stethem guided-missile destroyer also went missing, while in June a USA sailor who sparked a 50-hour man-overboard search off Japan was found to be hiding on his ship, the USS Shiloh.

Officials said Monday's collision punctured a hole in the ship's hull, below the waterline, causing several areas to flood, including a sleeping compartment for sailors as well as some of the ship's communication rooms.

The guided-missile destroyer reportedly suffered damage to its port side, and officials with the USA 7th Fleet said five people suffered minor injuries. The fifth injured sailor did not require further medical attention.

The Navy said five others were injured.

Post strong criticism, taking to Twitter, he said, "Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway". It's based at the 7th Fleet's homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. In June, seven USA sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship in Japanese waters near the port city of Yokosuka.

The destroyer was travelling to Singapore for a routine port visit at the time.

The destroyer is named after John S McCain, Sr and John S McCain, Jr, who were both Admirals in the US Navy.

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