United States President Donald Trump has offered condolences to the US Navy sailors who were aboard the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain which collided with a merchant ship Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.
President Trump tweeted, “Thoughts and prayers are with our US Navy sailors who are aboard the USS John S McCain where search and rescue efforts are underway.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2017
The US destroyer was making its way to a routine port visit in Singapore when it collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC at 5:24 am local time. The warship suffered damage the port side aft (rear left) side. Ten sailors are missing and five injured in the accident. USS John S McCain is the second US warship to be involved in a collision in the Pacific in just over two months post USS Fitzgerald. On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan which resulted in the deaths of seven US sailors.