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A U.S. Navy destroyer has been involved in a collision at sea, with the USS John S. McCain hitting an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties.

The guided missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC collided near the Strait of Malacca at 5:24 a.m. local time, the Navy’s 7th Fleet reported. It was on its way to routine port visit in Singapore.

Initial reports indicated that the destroyer sustained damage to its port side at the rear.

“Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities,” the 7th Fleet said in a news release.

Shipping data show that the Alnic is 600 feet long with a dead weight of 50,760 tons. The McCain is a 505-foot-long Arleigh Burke-class destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port in Yokosuka, Japan.

This collision comes just days after the Navy issued a report listing a string of errors that led to a collision between the USS Fitzgerald — also a Yokosuka-based Arleigh Burke-class destroyer — and a much larger container ship just south of Japan in June.

The collision killed seven sailors, all of whom drowned in their berths when the container ship struck the destroyer’s side.

The Navy last week said it would discipline a dozen sailors who were aboard the Fitzgerald at the time, including the top two officers and the top enlisted sailor, whose careers are almost certainly over.

Adm. William F. Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, said that the sailors who were on watch in the ship’s bridge “lost situational awareness,” contributing to the collision.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/another-us-navy-destroyer-collides-with-a-merchant-ship-rescue-efforts-underway/2017/08/20/c42f15b2-8602-11e7-9ce7-9e175d8953fa_story.html?utm_term=.b5ab9a1779b6

 

 

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Davaoeno

Maybe they should hire a guy with a spyglass to stand on the mast and act as lookout ??

 

 

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Mr. Mike

 land lubber.................you know nothing about the sea , the navy.............or sailors....in any way!

FYI....the spyglass is old tech....but binoculars  are still in use!

BTW.............Navy ships have Port. Starboard, forward....and aft... lookouts...keeping watch...everyday, every night. 24/7....just to back up the high tech radar sensors on board the ship.

Maybe you could teach us a lesson in seamanship...

Please begin!!!!!

 

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Davaoeno

Are all sailors as grouchy as you when they retire ?????  :P

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Mr. Mike

No..... most sailors(service men) are a little touchy about folks who do not understand the military service of any kind...and yet feel the need to make  frivolous , dismissive comments....trying to be funny.

A ship/s collision at sea is a very, very serious event..........not funny at all!l

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angbumabasa
21 minutes ago, Mr. Mike said:

 land lubber.................you know nothing about the sea , the navy.............or sailors....in any way!

FYI....the spyglass is old tech....but binoculars  are still in use!

BTW.............Navy ships have Port. Starboard, forward....and aft... lookouts...keeping watch...everyday, every night. 24/7....just to back up the high tech radar sensors on board the ship.

Maybe you could teach us a lesson in seamanship...

Please begin!!!!!

 

Wat ya goin to do wid a drunken sailor????????????????

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Davaoeno
11 minutes ago, Mr. Mike said:

A ship/s collision at sea is a very, very serious event.

It seems that the seas would be much safer for other traffic if the USN kept its ship's tied up at the docks - since they don't seem to be able to operate them without running into others ! 

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A_Simple_Man
5 minutes ago, Mr. Mike said:

A ship/s collision at sea is a very, very serious event..........not funny at all!l

Point taken.  Many servicemen will sit around the coffee shop and tell us of the near misses they experienced during their duties, but all would be offended by civilians being frivolous about a serious, loss of life event, such as this.

The US military is world renowned for its precision, armaments, training, and capabilities.  We all certainly hope that lessons are learned and this type of collision stops happening.

Our sympathies go out to those involved.

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sugbu777
16 minutes ago, Mr. Mike said:

No..... most sailors(service men) are a little touchy about folks who do not understand the military service of any kind...and yet feel the need to make  frivolous , dismissive comments....trying to be funny.

A ship/s collision at sea is a very, very serious event..........not funny at all!l

Mike, you're just wasting your time on some of these guys. They just want to make jokes about it.

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Mr. Mike

Well if Canada ever needs us... we will take our time getting underway...........

 

 

not really....Canada knows we would always be there to help...I'm sure they would do the same..God bless them!

 

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angbumabasa
19 minutes ago, angbumabasa said:

Wat ya goin to do wid a drunken sailor????????????????

Before anyone takes my 'frivolous' comment too seriously I've seen many ship related 'accidents' and 99.99% of them were due to human error, i.e. a combatant in a floating dry dock at NORSHIPCO's main yard tipping over on it's starboard hitting the wing wall.

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Davaoeno
6 minutes ago, A_Simple_Man said:

a serious, loss of life event

Quote from the OP-    It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties.

 

Do you have further information for us ?     

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A_Simple_Man
9 minutes ago, Mr. Mike said:

Well if Canada ever needs us... we will take our time getting underway.

Canada's civilian ships can sink all by their own selves.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Queen_of_the_North

 

5 minutes ago, Davaoeno said:

Do you have further information for us ?  

The latest I heard was 10 service members missing 5 more injured and I jumped to conclusions.  My bad.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-navy-10-sailors-missing-injured-uss-john-49328412

(Edited to include a source)

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Davaoeno
1 minute ago, A_Simple_Man said:

Canada's civilian ships can sink all by their own selves.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Queen_of_the_North

 

At least they had the decency to run into the land rather than ramming some other vessel .

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Davaoeno

No matter whose fault it is  loss of life is never to be lightly dismissed .  [ military or not, religious affiliation or not , race or not ]

Hopefully some of those considered lost will be found alive 

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