YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Bolstered by a Navy amphibious-assault ship, search-and-rescue efforts continued Tuesday for 10 sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a civilian oil tanker near Singapore.
The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer was traveling to Singapore for a routine port visit early Monday when it collided with the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC oil tanker east of Singapore, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 missing.
The amphibious-assault ship USS America joined the damaged destroyer at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base on Monday evening. It has been providing MV-22 Ospreys and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters to assist with the search, the Navy said. Ships and aircraft from the Malaysian and Singaporean naval and security forces are also helping to search an area east of Singapore where the collision occurred.
Navy and Marine Corps divers from the America and Yokosuka have been searching the guided-missile destroyer for the missing sailors using surface-supplied air rigs to access sealed compartments in damaged areas of the ship, a Navy statement said.
Source: News Now/Star Stripes