10 Sailors Missing After USS John McCain Collides with Oil Tanker

USS JOHN MCCAIN.

There’s a poetic justice in the fact that if high seas collision had to take place invoving a Navy vessel, that it was the USS John McCain that took the hit.

Sadly, 10 sailors are missing in the aftermath of the collision.

This collusion follows the recent collision between the USS Fitgerald and another merchant ship.

Playing the role of the world’s policeman is expensive in terms of resources, money, and even lives. It’s too early to claim this was anything but an accident, but Internet sleuths are probably already at work looking for evidence of something more sinister.

CBS News

The USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, was involved in a collision early Monday with a oil tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca resulting in damage to its port side aft (left rear), according to the U.S. Navy.

Search and rescue efforts are underway, U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet says. Officials say 10 sailors are missing and five are injured. They say that four of the injured were medically evacuated by a Republic of Singapore Navy Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries. The fifth injured sailor did not require further medical attention, according to officials.

The Singaporean Navy is sending assets to assist and the USS America is en route to help. The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. local time, the U.S. Navy says.

“In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance,” the Navy’s statement read.

USS John S. McCain is sailing under her own power and is heading to port, the Navy added.

Senator John McCain sent the following message on Twitter in response: “Cindy & I are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight.”

President Trump reportedly was informed of the collision Sunday night after returning to Washington and responded by saying “that’s too bad,” according to a print journalist part of the pool traveling with the commander-in-chief.

A couple hours later, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to offer condolences to those affected by the collision:

The ship was on its way to Singapore after finishing what the Navy called “routine patrols” in the South China Sea. One of those patrols was a Freedom of Navigation mission near contested islands which China has built and claims as their own in the South China around August 10.

The Navy says the USS John S. McCain was commissioned in 1994 and carries a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted sailors. It was named for John S. McCain, Sr. and John S. McCain, Jr. who were both Admirals in the U.S. Navy, Reuters news agency reports.

Senator McCain — a Vietnam-era naval aviator who was shot down and held as a prisoner of war for nearly six years — is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

The vessel that was struck, Alnic MC, is a 30,000+ ton oil/chemical tanker built in 2007. It’s 600 feet long and 105 feet wide and sails under the Liberian flag. Its owner according to searches is Energetic Tank Inc. and its operator is Stealth Maritime Corporation S.A.

The Singapore government said no crew were injured, but it did incur damage to a compartment at the front of the ship some 23 feet above its waterline, AP writes.

A crew member from the Alnic MC spoke with the Reuters news agency over the phone to say that there were nearly 12,000 tons of fuel aboard, but there was no spill.

“There is no oil spill. We were carrying fuel oil from Taiwan to discharge to Singapore … We are proceeding to Raffles Reserved Anchorage where the owners will investigate the matter. There was some damage to the valve,” the unidentified crew member told Reuters.

Officials say an investigation is underway. The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined.

Meanwhile, the 7th Fleet has setup phone numbers for family members to call: on base at 315-243-1728 and internationally at 011-81-46-816-1728.

17 thoughts on “10 Sailors Missing After USS John McCain Collides with Oil Tanker

  1. Well, McCain personally started the USS Forrestal fire that killed 134 sailors in 1967. Maybe the name is cursed.

    I wouldn’t go anywhere near a ship with that tool’s name on it. McCain could turn a fucking IGLOO into a firebox, he is actually that incompetent.

  2. “The ship was on its way to Singapore after finishing what the Navy called “routine patrols” in the South China Sea. One of those patrols was a Freedom of Navigation mission near contested islands which China has built and claims as their own in the South China around August 10.”

    Yankee go home? The USA is looking for trouble, as always, and is finding it, as always. The US Navy should keep out of the South China Sea. Let Japan and South Korea and the Philippines do the patrolling and take the risks.

    What if the Chinese and Russian navies started legally swamping the busiest shipping lanes near the USA, say near Houston for example, New York, San Francisco, L.A.? Might not some “accidents” occur?

    The ships name and ownership looks dodgy. “sails under the Liberian flag. Its owner according to searches is Energetic Tank Inc. and its operator is Stealth Maritime Corporation S.A.”

    Stealth Maritime? Fishy name.

    It is great that the high seas are safely monitored by the highly competent government of Liberia – that is the nigger nation that may be the biggest bumhole in the world. Made up of freed US slaves, great people one and all. Liberia predicts the future for any nation made up of random blacks who are not all from the same tribe (or 2 or 3). Worse than tribalist black nations, by far.

    • How could any fast moving navy ship be intentionally rammed by a very slow to turn huge tanker? The navy vessel should always get out of harms way easily. Perhaps these US navy ships are deliberately provoking commercial vessels to identify “unfriendlies”, by dangerous and reckless manoeuvres? Ships in busy lanes move in the same direction as do trucks on the highway or aircraft talking off or landing. Here are these unwelcome smart arse navy guys sailing across the lanes, playing chicken. I wonder what might happen?

  3. The strength of diversity is disproved. However the media will never report the Coons, tinted, trannies and women who were in charge of both navy vessels and on lookout and radar duty before and during the collision.

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