this boat is not named after wrongway mccain but after his father the admiral

10 Missing, 5 Injured After McCain Collides With Oil Tanker
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Aug 20 2017

According to the latest Navy 7th Fleet update, ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after the guided-missile destroyer John S McCain collided with a merchant vessel, 7th Fleet Commander says in emailed statement Monday.

The collision was reported at 6:24 am Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.

Two months after seven sailors died after the Navy Destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan, moments ago the Navy said that in an near replica of that incident, the guided-missile destroyer John S McCain was involved in a collision with another merchant vessel, the Alnic MC, an oil/chemical tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on Aug 21.

The collision was reported at 6:24 am Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. Initial reports indicate the warship sustained damage to its port side aft. No immediate word on any casualties. Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said. Here is the latest update from the 7th Fleet:

The guided-missile destroyer John S McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug 21. The collision was reported at 6:24 am Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant (97), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance. V-22s and SH-60s from USS America are also responding. Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.

CNN reports that according to preliminary information there have been minor injuries from the collision, although a full accounting of the crew is still underway.

The Straits of Malacca, located between Malaysia and Singapore, is one of the world’s most important naval chokepoints; it sees the transit of over 15mb/d of oil mostly headed toward China and Japan. As we reported back in 2014:

If one were so inclined, halting seaborne trade routes at the Strait of Malacca would hobble the entire Chinese economy overnight, something the Chinese leadership is surely aware of, and is certainly considering alternatives to, such as land pipelines into Iran (via India), as well as Kazakhstan and Russia.

The warship is named after John S McCain Sr and John S McCain Jr, both Admirals in the Navy, and the grandfather and father respectively, of the neocon Arizona senator. This crash comes days after the top three officers of the Fitzgerald were relieved of their commands. That warship was damaged badly in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors in June. According to Marine Traffic data, the merchant ship Alnic MC with which the guided McCain collided is an oil/chemical tanker which was built in 2008, and has a dead weight of 50,760 tons.

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