Update: 10 sailors missing
According to a breaking-news report via US 7th Fleet Public Affairs, a guided missile destroyer (USS John S. McCain) collided with a merchant ship (Alnic MC) on Monday morning somewhere east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore. The incident happened while the USS John S. McCain destroyer was about to dock a port in Singapore during a routine visit.
The initial reports indicate that the US vessel suffered damage to her port side aft, but there are no details about the merchant ship. A search and rescue operation is currently underway in coordination with Singapore authorities.
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) August 20, 2017
JUST IN: USS John McCain involved in collision with merchant ship east of Singapore. pic.twitter.com/BjYMGEtrPv
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 20, 2017
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 20, 2017
USS McCain collided with Alnic MC. It’s a tanker ship that flies under the Liberian flag and was built in 2008. pic.twitter.com/dx5mta0AMC
— Nick Kjeldgaard (@NickKjReports) August 20, 2017
This is the second collision between a US military vessel and a civilian-merchant ship in the last couple of months, both in the same geographical area, give or take;something is wrong with Navy navigation systems or these tankers are ramming them on purpose.
The story is developing, stay tuned for details.