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Monday, 21 August 2017 05:29

10 Sailors Missing After U.S. Navy Ship Collides With Merchant Vessel Near Singapore

Written by  Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump tweeted "thoughts and prayers" Sunday night to the U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John McCain, the second U.S. guided missile destroyer to collide with a merchant vessel in the past two months.

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.

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Time to load live rounds in all of our weapons and be ready to let loose with a barrage of armor-piercing ammo the next time a foreign ship crosses our bow. This is the second time in a month. Not a coincidence.

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The leaders on that ship may as well pack their bags, they will be relieved of command.

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The CO's & XO's of all ships have been put on notice - NO MORE.
Navy might need to bring back the old British 'Yardarm Hanging' system. Way to many crewmen lost.

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Doc Browning - you do NOT know what u r yakkin about. Total incompetence on the Bridge, lookouts and CIC. The last mishap saw the Cptn, XO & The Master Chief of the ship were relieved of duty. It is goina b a repeat on the McCain.
No wonder Mattis called the Navy a bunch of "Pus--es'. We must have 'tokin' Navy.

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Two events of this nature within such a short time can occur only by design.
There is no such thing as two maneuverable destroyers accidentally colliding with huge tankers.

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This appears to be unprecedented! This is the second US Navy collision in two months. I could understand if we were in a war, but something's wrong and needs to be investigated. Ten US sailors now! God rest their souls.

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(Updated: August 21, 2017)

If the ships guidance system was hijacked, it would not be reported because it would show weakness in our systems. if someone can hijack your car controls, it's possible that they can do a ship as well. There are too many possibles to consider with computers being in control of everything. You would think though, that every location on the ship would have emergency breathing devices in such a situation. Anyway, if it was a hack, I would suspect NK before Russia or China.

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Hopefully the McCain Captain is in the Brig by now??. Questions by an EX-Seagoing Marine: Where were the LOOKOUTS?? Why did RADAR not detect a massive 600 foot tanker?? Were illegal drugs allowed aboard the McCain??
Let us pray for the injured and missing Sailors and an early Court-Martial for the Navy Captain.
Semper Fi.

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This is a result of the most incredible incompetence I've ever seen! What were they doing on the bridge? Getting high? Well just maybe a return to training and discipline instead of social engineering is needed clearly! As a former mstr helmsman in the Navy. This should never ever happen!!!

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Brad Stewart Written by Brad Stewart
August 21, 2017
Tim, thank you for your service. Speaking as an ignorant land lubber, is there any chance that Chicoms or the Russians have developed a new radar jamming system the US Navy is unaware of ? Maybe it also befuddles the sailors on the bridge into not seeing that giant tanker heading right toward them. I know it sound far fetched, but technology is advancing so fast these days and I don't trust the Chinese or the Russians.
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Tim Wilde Written by Tim Wilde
August 21, 2017
I can't imagine anything of that nature? We had radar off a great deal of time while at sea. Mainly to keep our location hidden. Our lookouts could spot contacts (ships) miles away. And we could evasively maneuver with ease. This is unbelievable!

What the hell else can happen to our country!!!!!......We not only are dealing with the ignorant left and their people who drink the "kool-aid" they serve when it comes to the statues but we have missing sailors because someone was not paying attention....We as American citizens have got to stand up for what is rightfully ours.....The left is nuts and we need our Republican Senators to grow some balls and start speaking up for us....They can kiss their jobs good bye as far as I'm concerned.....I will not vote for them again until they do SOMETHING!!!!!.....Dear Lord I'm sick of this BS.......

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The US Navy might be making a habit of it. Perhaps Officers should be sent for a finishing course in sailing after Anapolis?

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I believe it might be a good idea for that Admiral, down there in the Pentagon, the one in charge of overseeing Foreign Technological Development, to start considering the possibility that some subtle, outside influence might be at work here.

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How do you not SEE a 600 foot tanker???

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Lawrence Greenberg Written by Lawrence Greenberg
August 21, 2017
In any case, how does your radar not detect it? Who was asleep on the watch?

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