US warship collides with merchant vessel in Singapore; 10 sailors missing

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At least 10 sailors are missing and 5 more are injured after a United States Navy warship collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Straits of Malacca, authorities said on Sunday.

The USN said in a statement the USS John S. McCain “sustained damaged to her port side aft” after it collided with an oil tanker Alnic MC. The warship was transiting to a routine port visit to Singapore when the accident happened.

“There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured,” said the statement, adding that search and rescue efforts are underway.

“In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the republic of Singapore navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters and police coast guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance,” the statement added.

The US Navy gave no further details about the missing and the injured crew, but said the incident will be investigated.

This is the second similar incident involving a US warship over the past two months.

Last June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal about 56 miles off the coast of Japan. The mishap left 7 sailors d**d and 3 others injured.

The USS Fitzgerald captain has been relieved of his command following weeks of investigation. Several other officers were also punished for their shortcomings in keeping watch which contributed largely to the accident.