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Ten sailors are missing and five injured following a collision between a US Navy warship and an oil tanker east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.
Initial reports indicated that the destroyer sustained damage to her port side aft. The Navy said search and rescue efforts were underway.
Four of the injured were taken by a Republic of Singapore Navy Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to a Navy statement. The fifth injured sailor did not need further treatment and remained on the ship.
Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, tweeted, "Our first priority is determining the safety of the ship and crew. As more information is learned, we will share it."
The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was en route to a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said in a statement. After the collision, the ship was heading to port under its own power, the Navy said.
The other ship, the Alnic MC, is a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000. The tanker is about three times the size of the McCain, the Navy Times reported.
The incident represents the second serious collision for a Navy vessel in two months. The USS Fitzgerald collided with a freighter off the coast of Japan on June 17, leaving seven sailors dead.
The Navy last week relieved the Fitzgerald's skipper and two top sailors of their command for losing "situational awareness" in the hours leading up to the collision. About a dozen sailors in all are facing some punishment, including all of the destroyer's watch, the Navy said.
A six hundred foot, 30,000 ton oil tanker is tough to miss. Of course, we don't know about weather conditions but what the hell was the radar guy doing?
The USS John McCain is named after the father and grandfather - both of them were admirals - of the current Senator from Arizona.