USS John McCain Collides With Merchant Ship East of Singapore

| AUG 21, 2017 | 12:59 AM

Petty Officer 3rd Class James Vazquez/U.S. Navy

Just months after the USS Fitzgerald ran afoul of a merchant ship, resulting in seven deaths, another U.S. Navy ship has been involved in a similar maritime collision.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain collided with a merchant ship just east of Singapore at 6:24 a.m. Japan standard time. According to a statement released by the U.S. Navy, the ship returned to port under its own power.

Fox News reported:

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the 7th Fleet announced in a tweet.

No immediate word on any casualties. Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said.

Initial reports indicate the warship sustained damage to its port side aft.

More recent updates suggest that both damages to the ship and possible injuries to crew members are still being evaluated:

The ship is named for John S. McCain Sr. and John S. McCain Jr., both of whom were admirals in the U.S. Navy. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the son and grandson of the ship's namesakes, tweeted his condolences:

The USS John McCain has been a part of ongoing exercises stemming from increased tension with North Korea.