The search continues east of Singapore, in the Straits of Malacca, for the ten missing sailors.
According to the U.S. Navy, the USS John McCain – named after the sitting senator’s father and grandfather, both of them Navy admirals – has arrived at Changi Naval Base in Japan following a collision that caused “significant damage” to the hull, flooding crew berths as well as machinery and communications rooms.
“Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding,” the Navy announced early Monday morning.
The ten missing sailors may have been thrown from the ship during impact. Five sailors have injuries described as non-life-threatening. Four of the injured were flown to a hospital in Singapore.
The Navy said the USS John McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, collided with a Liberian-flagged, 600-foot oil and chemical tanker on Aug. 21.
“The incident will be investigated,” the Navy tersely announced.
The U.S. Navy ship was leaving Singapore after a “routine port visit,” the Navy said. It sailed to Japan under its own power.Read more at CNSNews