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Ten sailors missing from US warship after collision

Five sailors also reported injured after navy destroyer USS McCain collided with a tanker in waters east of Singapore.

USS McCain

A US navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early on Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.

The navy said five others were hurt.

The USS John S McCain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the Alnic MC that happened at 5:24 am (21:24 GMT), the navy's Seventh Fleet said.

Tug boats as well as Republic of Singapore Navy patrol ships and helicopters are assisting in search and rescue efforts, said the US navy.

The Japan-based Seventh Fleet said the McCain was heading to Singapore for a routine port visit.

The ship is based at the fleet's homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. It was commissioned in 1994 and has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted sailors, according to the navy's website.

The Alnic MC is a 600-foot (183 metre) oil and chemical tanker.

It is the second collision involving a ship from the navy's Seventh 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 were being punished after the navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the navy announced last week.

An investigation into how and why the Fitzgerald collided with the other ship was not finished, but enough details were known to take those actions, the navy said.


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