Over the summer, the second American destroyer collided with a merchant vessel
USS “John S. McCain” collided with the oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca to the East of Singapore. This is the second such case in two months.
The collision of the USS oil tanker Alnic MC, flying the Liberian flag, occurred at 05:24 am local time (00:24 Moscow time). As specified in U.S. Navy destroyer was heading to the port of Singapore after patrol in the South China sea.
As a result of collision with a merchant vessel and killed two American sailors. Four of them were evacuated to a hospital in Singapore from injuries that are not life-threatening.
Ten more American soldiers were reported missing.
In search and rescue operations involving American Seahawk helicopters and Osprey, as well as the ships of naval forces of Singapore and Malaysia.
Oil tanker Alnic MC is about three times more than an American destroyer. In the U.S. Navy stated that the collision “John S. McCain” has received considerable hull damage; cabins, engine room and wheelhouse of when flooded.