UPDATE @ 12.00pm: TEN US Sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant oil tanker near Singapore on Monday.
The accident happened at 6:24 a.m Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.
The Navy’s 7th Fleet said a major rescue operation is currently underway.
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“Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance,” the statement reads.
“MV-22s and SH-60s from USS America are also responding.”
The navy described the merchant vessel as a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000.
Investigations are ongoing.
EARLIER @ 10.30am: A major rescue operation is underway after a US warship collided with a merchant ship near Singapore.
“The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca,” the US 7th Fleet said in a statement.
The accident happened at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.
“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the statement reads.
Search and rescue efforts are now underway in coordination with local authorities.
It comes just weeks after the USS Fitzgerald collision.
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) August 20, 2017