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10 MISSING AFTER DESTROYER, TANKER COLLIDE
    2017-August-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early yesterday morning.

There were 10 sailors missing and five others injured, the U.S. Navy said. “Four of the injured were medically evacuated by a Republic of Singapore Navy Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries,” the Navy said in a statement. “The fifth injured sailor does not require further medical attention.”

The collision with the merchant ship Alnic MC occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, as the McCain was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said.

“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the Navy said, adding that a rescue mission was already under way.

The ship managed to find her way back to Singapore’s Changi Naval Base following the collision, according to a Navy statement. “Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms,” the Navy said.

The search and rescue effort was being aided by tug boats out of Singapore, as well as the Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, Singapore navy helicopters and a Police Coast Guard vessel.

Malaysia’s navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin announced that the country was sending ships and aircraft to assist in the search and rescue.

The John S. McCain, which has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 sailors, is based at the 7th Fleet’s homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, according to the U.S. Navy’s website.

The McCain is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be involved in an accident this year.

In January, the USS Antietam ran aground, dumping 1,100 gallons of hydraulic fluid into Tokyo Bay. On May 9, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain was struck by a South Korean fishing vessel off the Korean Peninsula.

In mid June, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with the Philippine container vessel ACX Crystal, claiming the lives of seven Fitzgerald sailors, injuring three more and damaging both ships.

In a related development, U.S. 7th Fleet issued a statement Aug. 17, announcing the commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the Fitzgerald were relieved of their duties.

They were believed to demonstrate “flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership,” which contributed to the collision. Earlier, the commanders of the Antietam were also dismissed.

The McCain and the Fitzgerald, which is still under repair, are both BMD (ballistic missile defense) capable ships based at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, 50km southwest of Tokyo.

According to a news release posted on the official U.S. Defense Ministry’s website in September 2016, the 7th Fleet, boasts some 50 to 70 ships, 140 aircraft and some 20,000 sailors.

Owned by Greek billionaire and shipping magnate Harry Vafias, the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC was carrying nearly 12,000 tons of fuel oil, but no oil spill was detected.

(SD-Xinhua)

(SD-Agencies)

 

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