US destroyer collides with oil tanker, 10 missing  
August 21st, 2017 at 10:12 pm
US destroyer collides with oil tanker, 10 missing  

International desk – Ten US Navy sailors have been missing and five others injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says.

The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the port when the collision with the Liberian-flagged vessel occurred, according to a BBC report.

A wide-ranging search and rescue operation is under way.

It is the second collision involving a US Navy ship in recent months.

It was reported before dawn at 05:24 local time on Monday (21:24 GMT on Sunday) and took place east of the Strait of Singapore, as the USS John S McCain prepared to perform a routine port stop in Singapore.

Singapore and the US authorities said the destroyer sustained damage to the port side, which is the left-hand side of the vessel facing forward.

The tanker it collided with, Alnic MC, sustained damage to a tank near the front of the ship 7m (23ft) above the waterline, but none of its crew were injured and there were no oil spills, said the authority.

The tanker has a load of 50,700 tons, almost six times heavier than the USS John S McCain, and at 182m (600ft) it is slightly longer than the 154m long US destroyer, reported BBC.