10 sailors missing, 5 injured after US destroyer collision near Singapore

A US Navy warship has been damaged after collision with a merchant ship east of Singapore, leading to disappearance of 10 sailors and injury of five others.

Sunday’s collision marked the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in over two months.

“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the Navy said as a search-and-rescue mission was underway. “The ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.”

The accident with the Alnic MC took place in the Strait of Malacca.

In this image obtained from the US Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain patrols the South China Sea on January 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

According to shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon, the Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged 183 meter-long chemical tanker of more than 50,000 deadweight tons.

The American destroyer was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore when…

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