10 sailors missing after US Navy destroyer collides with merchant ship

A file photo of USS John S. McCain from the US Navy website.

SINGAPORE (AP) – The U.S. Navy says 10 sailors are missing and five are injured after the USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship near Singapore.

The guided-missile destroyer collided with the Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca early Monday.

The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting. Navy officials also said tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to render assistance.

The Navy’s 7th Fleet says that the collision with the Alnic MC happened on Monday at 5:24 a.m. The USS John S. McCain was able to sail under its own power and was heading to port after the collision.

The Alnic MC is a 600-foot tanker with a gross tonage of 30,000, officials said.

It is the second collision involving a Navy ship in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.

The Japan-based 7th fleet said the McCain was heading to Singapore for a routine port visit.

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