Ten Sailors Missing After US Destroyer Collision with Chemical Tanker

USS John S. McCain arrives at Changi Naval Base

(August 21, 2017) Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) steers toward Changi Naval Base. (Photo Credit: Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy)

Ten sailors are missing and five injured after a collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil and chemical tanker in the Straits of Malacca in the South China Sea near Singapore. The collision occurred Sunday, August 20 at 5:24 p.m. EST (6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time). No cargo spillage has been reported.

Search and rescue operations continue with local law enforcement Singapore, RSN Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant, RSS Resilience, RSN helicopters and Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark, as well as MH-60S helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys from the amphibious assault ship USS America, according to the website of the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

USS John S. McCain sustained hull damage port aft side that flooded communications and machinery rooms and crew quarters, but with flooding under control the vessel was able to sail under its own power and has arrived at Changi Naval Base.

The Liberian-flagged tanker involved in the collision, Alnic MC, is a 600-ft. tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000 that was carrying 11,987 tons of fuel oil at the time of the collision. The vessel is expected to arrive at the Port of Singapore today.

View the www.vesselfinder.com animation of the collision at:


Follow updates online at the U.S. Navy website or https://twitter.com/US7thFleet.

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