The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCaincollided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured. He was reportedly working out at the time of the collision that struck not far from his sleeping quarters, flooding that area.
The McCain has been damaged on its port side aft, or left rear, the Navy says.
The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting, and tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to help.
The Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged, 183 metre-long oil tanker of 49,958 tons (50,760 tonnes), according to shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon.
The accident early on Monday followed one in June, when the USS Fitzgerald guided missile destroyer collided with a freighter in Japanese waters, killing seven sailors.
The tanker has a load of 50,700 tons, nearly six times heavier than the USS John S McCain, and at 182m (600ft) it is slightly longer than the 154m long U.S. destroyer, reported BBC. To look for the missing sailors, vessels and aircrafts from US, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia have been deployed. Search-and-rescue boats are looking for the missing crew and the injured sailors are in the hospital.
Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.
President Donald Trump and Sen. "The United States Navy will fully investigate the cause of this incident and I ask all of you to keep the families of John S. McCain in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the task of answering the many questions before us".
Singapore's government has not reported any injuries on the Alnic MC, which sustained damage to a compartment at the front of the ship.
The US Seventh Fleet said in a statement on its website on Tuesday that divers equipped with surface-supplied air rigs will access sealed compartments located in damaged parts of the ship, which is now docked in Singapore.
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