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US warship USS John S McCain involved in collision near Singapore, see pics

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Mon August 21 2017, 3:58 pm
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    USS John S McCain on Monday collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca. 10 US sailors have been reported missing after the collision. The collision was the second involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Here are a few pictures of the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain after the collision: (Reuters)

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    The US Navy said five other sailors were hurt in the collision involving the guided-missile destroyer. (Reuters)

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    The Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged, 183 metre-long oil or chemical tanker of 50,760 deadweight tonnes, according to shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon. (Reuters)

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    An Alnic crew member told Reuters by telephone there was no oil spill from the tanker, which was carrying almost 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil from Taiwan to discharge in Singapore. (Reuters)

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    USS John S. McCain had been heading to Singapore on a routine port visit after conducting a sensitive freedom of navigation operation by sailing near one of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea last week. (Reuters)

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    The Strait of Malacca is a narrow and busy body of water between Malaysia to the northeast and Indonesia to the southwest, with the city-state of Singapore at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. (Reuters)

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    The Navy ship was damaged on its port side aft, or left rear, from the accident that happened at 5:24 a.m., the Navy's 7th Fleet said, but was heading to port under its own power. (Reuters)

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    Malaysia's navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted that two ships as well as aircraft from its navy and air force have been deployed to help look for the missing US sailors. (Reuters)

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    The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting in the search. (Reuters)

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    It also said tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to render assistance. (Reuters)

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    The warship is 154 meters (505 feet) in length. The Alnic MC is a 183-meter (600-foot) oil and chemical tanker. The USS John S. McCain's sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after it was struck by a Philippine container ship on June 17. (Reuters)

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