It’s just been about two months since the USS Fitzgerald was involved in a fatal collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan. Now, another vessel of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, the USS John S McCain has been involved in a collision with a cargo ship in the Strait of Malacca between Indonesia and Malaysia.
Our hearts and prayers are with the missing sailors and their families.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
According to The Associated Press, the collision involving the USS John S. McCain occurred around 6:24 am Japan time after it was struck on the port side aft (left rear) by an oil and gas tanker known as the Alnic MC.
The USS McCain, named after the father and grandfather of Arizona Sen. John McCain — both admirals in the U.S. Navy — had recently completed a freedom-of-navigation mission near the man-made islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.
Search and rescue operations were launched Monday to locate and rescue or recover 10 sailors who went missing after the collision. At least five sailors were injured in the crash, four of them being airlifted to a medical facility in Singapore by a Singaporean navy helicopter.
President Trump posted on Twitter:
According to a release from the Public Affairs office of the 7th Fleet, the guided missile destroyer McCain was en route to a port call in Singapore when it was struck by the cargo ship, resulting in significant damage to the hull that resulted in flooding of various compartments used for communications, crew berthing and machinery.
The ship was able to safely reach the Changi Naval Base where the crew will receive assistance and a full assessment of the damage will be undertaken by ship repair divers.
According to CBS News, the Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged tanker ship built to transport oil or chemicals. While none of its crew is believed to have been injured in the collision, the ship did sustain some damage above the waterline on the bow of the vessel.
“There is no oil spill. We were carrying fuel oil from Taiwan to discharge to Singapore,” stated an unnamed crew member of the Alnic to Reuters, according to CBS, who added that the ship had about 12,000 tons of fuel on board. “We are proceeding to Raffles Reserved Anchorage where the owners will investigate the matter. There was some damage to the valve.”
The incident is being investigated, and we pray that all of the missing sailors are located and rescued … or at the very least are accounted for.
U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said there were no indications so far the collision was intentional or the result of cyber intrusion or sabotage. “But review will consider all possibilities,” he said on Twitter.
Richardson told reporters said he was asking his fleet commanders worldwide for a one-to-two-day staggered “operational pause” to discuss action to ensure safe and effective operations. He envisaged this could begin within a week.
Richardson said a comprehensive review would examine the training of U.S. forces deployed to Japan “to make sure we are doing everything we can to make them ready for operations and warfighting.”
This would include looking at “operational tempo, trends in personnel, material, maintenance and equipment.”
The review would be conducted on “a very tight timeline” Richardson said, adding: “We need to get to the bottom of this.”
NO KIDDING! This latest collision was the fourth major accident within the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year!
Ben Stewart, commercial manager of Maritime Asset Security and Training in Singapore, said early indications suggested the warship may have turned across the front of the tanker.
The USS John S McCain is a destroyer that is 154m long. The ship has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 sailors. Sailors refer to the ship as “Big Bad John” in reference to the fighting spirit of the ship’s namesakes.
The ship was built in 1991 at Bath Iron Works in Maine and belongs to the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers.
These types of warships feature the Aegis missile defense system, which includes state-of-the-art technology.
Is it just me or how does a ship THIS size with so many people watching suddenly turn in front of a 600 ft tanker and no one sees it in time?
What is going on? Something doesn’t sit right! I smell a RAT! If this leads back to the Awan Brothers selling classified documents to our enemies, well, I won’t be suprised.
Let’s pray all the bodies of these sailors are recovered. Let’s also pray for their families.
God Bless Our soldiers and God Bless America!