Sailors Missing After US Navy Destroyer Collides With Cargo Ship In Singapore

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The guided-missile destroyer reportedly suffered damage to its port side.

The Singapore harbor authorities can't be reached for comments for the time being.

The U.S. ship, which appeared to have damage to part of its side, is now sailing under its own power and heading to port, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said.

The statement did not give further details.

McCain collided with the tanker Alnic MC east of the Strait of Malacca, and the collision was reported at 5:24 a.m., Singapore time, according to the Navy.

Just last week, the Navy relieved three senior officers from the Fitzgerald for errors leading to the fatal collision.

The ship was on its way to Singapore after finishing what the Navy called "routine patrols" in the South China Sea.

Search-and-rescue efforts are underway in the Pacific hours after the collision - the second such incident in two months. In June, seven USA sailors were killed when another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, crashed into a merchant ship off Japan.

"Cindy & I are keeping America's sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight - appreciate the work of search & rescue crews", McCain said on Twitter.

Merchant marine websites describe the Alnic MC as a 30,000-ton, 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag.

This collision comes on the heels of another incident involving the USS Fitzgerald. Senator McCain is a Vietnam War-era naval aviator who was shot down and held prisoner for five-and-a-half years.

The Navy also says injuries to personnel on board and the extent of damage to the ship are still being determined.

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