US Navy USS John S McCain, on patrol South China Sea 22 Jan 2017 (US DOD, 2017)

10 Missing After USS John S. McCain Collision

US Navy Destroyer Collides with Merchant Ship East of Singapore

Ten US Navy sailors are reported missing and five injured after the USS John S. McCain, a US Navy destroyer, collided with a merchant ship east of Singapore, near the Strait of Malacca.

US 7th Fleet said in a statement early Monday that the guided-missile destroyer collided with the Liberian-flagged tanker ship Alnic MC at about 6:20 a.m. local time. The McCain was headed to Singapore for a routine port visit at the time of the incident.

‘Significant Damage’

The McCain sustained “significant damage” to its hull, but arrived hours later under its own power at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base.

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority said the Alnic also sustained damage, but that there were no injures among its crew.

A Singapore Navy helicopter took four of the injured US sailors to a hospital in Singapore for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.The U.S. 7th Fleet said the other injured sailor does need further care.

Singapore’s Navy and Coast Guard are also assisting with search and rescue efforts.

President Donald Trump and Senator John McCain both tweeted they were praying for the sailors aboard the naval vessel. The ship is named for McCain’s father and grandfather, who were both admirals.

Second Collision in Two Months

It is the second collision involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.

The Fitzgerald’s captain was relieved of command and other sailors are to be punished after the Navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the Navy said last week.

USS John S. McCain

USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, part of Destroyer Squadron 15. She has her homeport at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan.

Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: light, approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t); full, approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)

Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots (8,100 km at 37 km/h)


33 commissioned officers
38 chief petty officers
210 enlisted personnel

Sensors and
processing systems:

AN/SPY-1D 3D Radar
AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar
AN/SPS-73(V)12 Surface Search Radar
AN/SPG-62 Fire Control Radar
AN/SQS-53C Sonar Array
AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar
AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III Shipboard System

Electronic warfare
& decoys:

AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System
AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
MK 36 MOD 12 Decoy Launching System


1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launching systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles
2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes

Aircraft carried: 2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked

Source: VoA.

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