Navy: USS John S. McCain Has 'Significant Damage'

4 nations search for 10 missing US sailors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2017 5:01 AM CDT
This photo released by the Royal Malaysian Navy shows the oil and chemical tanker Alnic MC after a collision off Johor, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.   (Royal Malaysian Navy via AP)
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(Newser) – The USS John S. McCain docked at Singapore's naval base with what the Navy says is "significant damage" to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker as vessels from several nations searched for 10 missing US sailors. Vessels and aircraft from the US, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia are searching for the missing sailors, the AP reports. Four sailors were evacuated by a Singaporean navy helicopter to a hospital in the city-state for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the Navy says. A fifth injured sailor did not require further medical attention. There was no immediate explanation for the collision, and the Navy said an investigation would be conducted.

Singaporean authorities say no crew members were injured on the tanker involved, the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned Alnic. According to an official database for ports in Asia, the vessel was found to have four deficiencies, including two navigation safety violations, in its last port inspection, in the Chinese port of Dongying on July 29. President Trump returned to Washington on Sunday night from his New Jersey golf club. When reporters shouted questions to him about the McCain, he responded, "That's too bad." About two hours later, Trump tweeted that "thoughts and prayers" are with the McCain's sailors as search and rescue efforts continue. (Read more Navy stories.)

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