by Tyler Durden Aug 21, 2017 10:01 AM
Photos and videos have emerged from the early Monday collision involving the guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain and an oil/chemical tanker called the Alnic MC. As reported late on Sunday, five sailors were injured in the collision, which occurred east of the Strait of Malacca, and a search is underway for 10 more who remain missing.
The collision is an unsettling repeat of the June collision between the USS Fitzgerald and container ship the ACX Crystal, the worst naval accident in decades. Ultimately, the crash left seven sailors dead and resulted in career-ending penalties against the ship’s captain and other top officials.
The following YouTube videos show the gaping hole on the side of the ship where the collision occurred.
By Ann Schmidt 21 August 2017
- Ten sailors are missing and five were injured after the USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with a 600-foot oil tanker on Monday morning
- The collision between the US destroyer and merchant vessel Alnic MC occurred at 5.24am east of Singapore
- The Alnic MC oil tanker is 600 feet long and the John McCain is 505 feet long
- The McCain suffered ‘significant damage to the hull’ after a hole was torn beneath the waterline
- It led to flooding of crew sleeping areas, machinery and communications rooms
- After collision, the McCain sailed under its own power and headed to port at Changi Naval Base in Singapore
- Four of the injured sailors were hospitalized and a search is underway to locate the 10 missing sailors
- The Alinc MC had four deficiencies including navigation safety violations in its last port inspection
- This is the second collision involving a ship from the US Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months
- The USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan in June
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MERCHANT SHIP IN COLLISION WITH USS JOHN McCAIN The John McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC (pictured). The Alnic MC is an oil and chemical tanker that sails under the Liberain flag. It is 600feet long and has a gross tonnage of 30,000. The John McCain is 505feet long
A map shows the location where the Alnic MC merchant vessel came to a halt after a collision with the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain east of Singapore
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USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca
By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs | | August 20, 2017
SOUTH CHINA SEA – The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on Aug. 21.
The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.
Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft.
Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.
USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) @ddg56 — FACEBOOK PAGE — no posting on accident as of 8/21/17 2:54pm CST >>>
USS FITZGERALD crew in trouble with their recent accident
H/T Dick Richy BlanchardAugust 18 at 10:06am ·
I knew this was coming. There was no reason for a ship that huge not to be seen coming at the USS FITZGERALD! The Commander no matter what is responsible for his ship. The XO Is also responsible for what goes on on that ship. I cannot understand how this happened. I don’t want to hear about electronic equipment being sabotaged or anything like that. These men are trained to be on alert at all times and should have seen that HUGE SHIP FROM MILES AWAY, No matter what the maritime right of way laws are they should have gotten the hell out of the way!!
by Richard Sisk | 17 Aug 2017 |
The commander of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the executive officer have been permanently detached from the ship and face non-judicial punishment over the deadly collision in June with a container ship, the Navy announced Thursday.
Cmdr. Bryce Benson, commander of the Fitzgerald, and Cmdr. Sean Babbitt, the executive officer, are “being detached for cause,” meaning that the Navy “has lost trust and confidence in their ability to lead,” Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, said during a press conference.
USS Fitzgerald’s leadership removed from their duties over June collision
By Ryan Browne, CNN Updated 9:30 AM EDT, Fri August 18, 2017
USS FITZGERALD —- While the accident is indeed tragic, the continuing “carnage” from the collision is even more disturbing as Vice C.N.O William Moran has effectively removed pretty much the entirety of her chain of command. Loss of life, no matter how great or how small, is horrific and debilitating. Summarily removing all involved and stripping them of their command? And before any formal investigation is concluded? Admiral Moran’s actions make for a dark day in American Naval history, indeed.
USS Fitzgerald Command Triad Removed Following Early Investigation Results
By: Sam LaGrone and Ben Werner August 17, 2017 6:42 PM • Updated: August 18, 2017 9:59 AM
US NAVY INSTITUTE — The entire command triad was fired and likely will never go to sea again if not be forced to retire.… USS Fitzgerald Command Triad Removed Following Early Investigation Results; More Punishments…
USS FITZGERALD Change of Command Ceremony December 15, 2015
US NAVY INSTITUTE on the USS FITZGERALD — 7th Fleet has hit the ship commanders HARD >>>> This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. 7th fleet.
THE PENTAGON — The top three leaders of the guided-missile destroyer involved in the June collision, which resulted in the death of seven sailors and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, have been removed from their positions, the vice chief of naval operations told reporters on Thursday afternoon.
USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson, executive officer Cmdr. Sean Babbitt and command master chief CMC Brice Baldwin were removed from their positions by U.S. 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin this week based on the early results of several investigations into the June 17 collision between the destroyer and the merchant ship ACX Crystal, VCNO Adm. Bill Moran told reporters.
As the investigations continue, Moran said there could further punitive actions taken, including against Fitzgerald’s leadership. Neither Benson, Babbitt nor Baldwin were on the bridge when the collision occurred.
While the leadership have not been separated from the Navy, Moran said being detached for cause because of this incident sends a message.
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LATEST UPDATE POSTED AUG. 21, 3:42 A.M. (EDT)
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has arrived at Changi Naval Base following 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 a.m. Japan Standard Time. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding.
There are currently 10 Sailors missing and five injured. Four of the injured were medically evacuated by a Singapore Armed Forces helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries. The fifth injured Sailor does not require further medical attention.
A family assistance center has been established. Families who do not live on base should call 011-81-46-816-1728 (international); families who live on base should call 315-243-1728 (DSN).
Search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with local authorities. The Republic of Singapore Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), and Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are in the area rendering assistance.
Additionally, MH-60S helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) are in the area providing search and rescue assistance.
Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000.
The incident will be investigated.
Source – Navy.mil