( Daily Mail ) Ten sailors are missing and five have been reported injured after the USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel on Monday morning, the Navy has said.
The collision between the US guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel Alnic MC was reported at 5.24am local time.
The John McCain was underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, on its way to a routine port visit in Singapore.
It is now sailing under its own power and heading to port, the Navy said.
The crew is reportedly fighting flooding in two crew berthings and an area of the ship known as the ‘shaft alley’.
The ship sustained damage to its port side aft, or the left rear. It was not immediately clear what, if any, damage or casualties were sustained by the Alnic MC.
Search and rescue crews from Singapore and Malaysia are in the area to help, the Navy said.
This 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.
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This 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
Below: A map shows the location where the Alnic MC merchant vessel came to a halt after a collision with the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain east of Singapore