Ten US sailors missing after destroyer USS John S McCain collides with oil tanker
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 21-Aug-2017
Washington, August 21: Ten American sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain was damaged in a collision with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.
It is the second collision involving a ship from the navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. “There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured,” the Navy said in a statement. The US warship was “currently sailing under its own power” to Singapore, the navy statement said, where it had been due for a routine port visit. The statement gave no other details about the missing crew. The incident would be investigated, it said.
The John S McCain, which has seen service in the 2003 Iraq war, the Korean peninsula and Japan, is named after the father and grandfather of Arizona senator and former naval pilot John McCain, who were both US navy admirals. Senator McCain tweeted that he was praying for the crew.
President Donald Trump replied “that’s too bad” in response to shouted questions about the McCain. The spokesperson hasn’t given out any statement on the situation yet.
And however, the waterways around Singapore are some of the busiest and most important in the world, carrying around a quarter of the world’s trade in goods and oil.