A search-and-rescue operation is in progress after the guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore last night, leaving 5 injured and 10 sailors missing.
This is the second such incident involving a US Navy ship and a civilian ship since June and fourth in the past year. The collision was reported at 5:24 am local time on Monday, or 5:24 pm Sunday, New York time. According to the US Navy, the oil tanker in question is Alnic MC, a 600-foot ship with a gross tonnage of 30,000.
“Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities,” the US Navy said in a statement. “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.”
President Donald Trump commented on the incident last night by saying “that’s too bad.” Naturally, the lackluster reaction created a backlash of negative comments towards the standing US president, another in the long line of public remarks.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 21, 2017
However, Trump later tweeted out that his thoughts and prayers were with the US Navy sailors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2017
The incident with the USS John S. McCain in another one in the series of bad events for the US Navy. The previous incident included the USS Fitzgerald which collided with the merchant vessel ACX Crystal on June 17, 2017. The report on that collision stated that the collision “was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship.” That collision ended with seven casualties.
Two other incidents included the collision of the USS Lake Champlain with a South Korean fishing vessels with no injuries in May 2017 and the collision of the USS Louisiana nuclear-powered submarine with a support vessel off the coast of Washington state with no casualties in August 2016.
The ship is named for both the father and grandfather of Senator John McCain, who issued a statement on Twitter immediately after getting word of the incident.
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