10 missing, 5 hurt in US Navy destroyer, merchant vessel collision

Wednesday, 23 Aug, 2017

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the Pacific Fleet, declined to say how many bodies have been recovered.

But for now, there's no explanation for the collision and no answers for the families of 10 missing sailors as the global search-and-rescue operation continues.

Malaysian navy crews participating in a three-nation air and sea search for the sailors had also found a body, Swift confirmed.

The Navy said aircraft from the USS America were responding to the collision, and the Singaporean navy and coast guard had vessels in the area to assist in the search and rescue efforts. The pause has been ordered by Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations as he will dive deeper to know how the Navy trains its forces operating in Japan, said Jim Mattis, Defence Secretary.

The search for the 10 missing soldiers from the USS McCain continues off the Strait of Malacca between Indonesia and Malaysia and further out in the ocean.

McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided while the guided-missile vessel was nearing Singapore for a routine port call. The impact tore a hole in the warship's waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area, the US Navy said.

Four of the sailors injured in the ship collision were transported to a hospital in a Singapore navy helicopter.

McCain was damaged in a collision with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker at daybreak Monday, leaving 10 sailors missing and another five injured.

The collision is the second by a United States ship with a civilian vessel in the Seventh Fleet area of operations this summer.

It's the second accident involving a Navy ship and a cargo ship in recent months, after another destroyer collision in June killed seven sailors. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, both of whom were both highly decorated naval officers.