10 Missing, 5 Injured Following The Collision Of USS John S. Mccain And A Tanker Near Singapore
The collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker near Singapore on Monday resulted in the missing of some ten U.S. Navy sailors as some five others succumbed to injuries.
Upon receiving the news, both America and Singapore send out their ships and helicopters in a search-and-rescue mission at the entrance in one of the busiest shipping lanes globally.
This was the second time within a timeframe of two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, had encountered an accident at sea. Reportedly, seven sailors lost their lives in June following the collision of the USS Fitzgerald with a container ship south of Japan.
After a brief patrol in the South China Sea the McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with Aegis missiles had resorted taken to a routine port visit in Singapore. At the time of the collision, shipping data indicated that the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC was on its way to Singapore.
Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations stated, “Our first priority is determining the safety of the ship and crew. As more information is learned, we will share it.”
The 7th Fleet resolved to establish an emergency assistance center in Yokosuka to offer assistance to the various members of the McCain crew.
On his return to the White House on Sunday night, President Donald Trump responded to a number of questions from news reporters. The leader thought of the incidence as a quite unfortunate one and added that they were praying about the matter. He expressed great optimism in that the search & rescue efforts underway were indeed going to bear fruit.
Last week, the Navy made it clear that it was going to discipline the sailors who were aboard the Fitzgerald. That would of course include the top two officers as well as the top enlisted sailor.
Adm. William F. Moran, vice chief of naval operations spoke in confidence expressing that the collision occurred after the sailors on watch in the ship’s bridge lost their situational awareness.