The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain has collided with a large cargo ship east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, U.S. officials say, adding that search and rescue efforts are underway.
Search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with local authorities, the US Navy said in a media statement.
USA guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with a merchant vessel near the Singapore Strait today, according to a statement updated at 12.10pm Japan Standard Time (JST) released by United States 7th Fleet Public Affairs from its Yokosuka headquarters in Japan. A fifth sailor did not require further medical attention.
A USA guided-missile destroyer based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday, the navy said, just days after it punished senior crew members of another American warship that collided with a Philippine containership in June off the coast of Japan.
A rescue operation is under way after a US destroyer was damaged in a collision with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, August 21, the US Navy said, in the second accident involving an American warship in two months.
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The Singapore government said no crew were injured on the Liberian-flagged Alnic, which sustained damage to a compartment at the front of the ship some 7 meters (23 feet) above its waterline.
This marked the fourth mishap for U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific since February.
The John S. McCain had made its way to Singapore's Changi Naval Base by Monday afternoon under its own power.
The accident was reported at 5.24am Singapore time as the US Navy ship was making its way to Singapore for a routine visit.
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said a full investigation into the cause of the incident will occur. The USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain are both ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable ships and part of the same Japan-based destroyer squadron.
Seven Navy personnel were killed in the Fitzgerald collision, and the ship's commander was relieved of duty last week.