US Navy vessel collides with ship off Singapore

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Last Update: 11:11

Rescue crew have responded to the USS John S. McCain to ensure the safety of the ship΄s crew, Navy officials said. At least 10 sailors aboard the ship are missing and another five injured.

A US destroyer on Monday sustained damaged after it collided with a merchant vessel while en route to Singapore, the US Navy said in a statement.

"There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured," the Navy said in a follow-up to reports of the collision.

The Navy said it launched a search and rescue operation to ensure the safety of the missing crew members. Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America are assisting the operation.

"Our first priority is determining the safety of the ship. As more information is learned, we will share it," Admiral John Richardson, who heads US naval operations, said in a tweet.

According to marinetraffic.com, the Alnic MC is listed as an oil and chemical tanker under the Liberian flag.

US Senator John McCain said he is keeping the warship΄s sailors "in our prayers tonight." The ship is named after his grandfather. Collisions Over the past year, the US Navy has been involved in accidental collisions.

In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, leaving seven US sailors dead. The collision prompted the US Navy to relieve several senior commanders of their duty, saying it could have been avoided.

ls/kl (dpa, Reuters, AFP)

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