Liberian oil tanker collides with US navy ship near Singapore

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A large Liberian oil vessel, Alnic MC, has collided with a US guided missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore early this morning while it was still dark.

As of mid-morning 10 US navy sailors are missing and five are injured as US and Singaporean ships and helicopters launched a search-and-rescue mission.

The USS McCain, launched in 1992, was on its way to Singapore after patrolling the South China Morning Sea while the Alnic, built in 2008, was also on its way to Singapore.

It is the second time in two months a navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet in Yokosyuka, Japan has collided with a ship at sea. The first time the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship killing seven sailors.

 

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