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10 missing, 5 injured after USA destroyer collides with oil tanker

21 Août 2017

A United States Navy destroyer collided with an oil tanker early Monday morning off the coast of Singapore, the United States Seventh Fleet said in a statement.

The Navy said aircraft from the USS America were responding to the collision, and the Singaporean navy and coast guard had vessels in the area to assist in the search and rescue efforts.

The guided-missile destroyer was damaged after colliding with the merchant vessel east of Singapore in the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months.

U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, the son and grandson of the admirals for whom the ship is named after, said in a tweet that he and his wife are praying for the ship's sailors. Apart from the 10 missing sailors, five personnel are injured, said the Navy in an update.

The USS John S. McCain is sailing on its own power after colliding with a merchant ship near Singapore.

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The home port for the USS John S. McCain is in Japan. "The incident will be investigated".

Merchant marine websites describe the Alnic MC as a 30,000-ton, 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag.

This is the second USA ship that collided in Asian waters in the last two months.

The sailors, aged 19 to 37, were found by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore a huge gash in the side of the Fitzgerald. Japanese investigators have interviewed the Filipino crew of the 222-meter (730-foot) cargo ship, while the USA authorities are also probing the crash.

10 missing, 5 injured after USA destroyer collides with oil tanker