A US Navy destroyer collided with a merchant oil tanker off the coast of Singapore. Ten sailors are missing and five were injured. A joint search and rescue operation is underway.
During the night, a US Navy destroyer collided with a merchant oil tanker in the Pacific Ocean near Singapore for unknown reasons. Ten US sailors are still missing and five are injured.
The US, Singapore and Malaysia have begun a search and rescue operation. Of the five injured sailors, four were evacuated to a Singaporean hospital. Initial footage of the USS John S. McCain destroyer shows a very large dent in its side. According to the US Navy statement, the destroyer returned to port without assistance.
US Navy destroyer Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
According to reports, there are no injuries aboard the tanker and it is still unknown whether there is an oil spill in the sea. “Thoughts and prayers are with our US Navy sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain,” US President Donald Trump tweeted. “Search and rescue efforts are underway.”
‘Thoughts and prayers with our US Navy sailors’ Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Only two months ago, seven US sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald guided missile destroyer collided with a container ship near the Japanese shore. Although the investigation of the incident is still underway, the ship’s captain and two senior-level commanders were expelled from service.