The US Navy has now confirmed that ten sailors are now missing and five have been injured after the guided-missile destroyer named USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca.
Navy officials have confirmed that an extensive search and rescue effort has been launched, along with help from local authorities. Preliminary reports are saying the warship has sustained extensive damage to its port side aft, or what is in layman’s term, the left rear of the ship.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2017
Authorities have also confirmed that the ship, which is named after John S. McCain, which is stationed in Yokosuka, Japan., was actively trying to navigate through the China’s controversial man-made islands in the South China Sea when it collided with a merchant ship which was also trying to navigate the islands at the same time. The collision, with the merchant ship named the Alnic MC, occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, as the McCain was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore. All the injured who have been found have been airlifted to Singapore area hospitals.
USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is part of the Seventh Fleet, and she has her homeport at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. She is part of Destroyer Squadron 15.
This warship is named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both admirals in the United States Navy. John S. McCain, Sr. commanded the aircraft carrier USS Ranger, and later the Fast Carrier Task Force during the latter stages of World War II. John S. McCain, Jr. commanded the submarines USS Gunnel and USS Dentuda during World War II. He subsequently held a number of posts, rising to Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command, before retiring in 1972. These men were, respectively, the grandfather and father of retired U.S. Navy Captain, Naval Aviator, and former Vietnam Prisoner of War, Senator John S. McCain III.
The destroyer was involved in a collision with a merchant ship on 21 August 2017 off the coast of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca in the South China Sea, which left 10 navy sailors missing.
Construction and career
John S. McCain’s keel was laid down on 3 September 1991, at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship was launched on 26 September 1992, sponsored by Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain. McCain was commissioned on 2 July 1994, at the Bath Iron Works. The former President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, was the ceremony’s principal speaker.
The ship was initially assigned a home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and shifted to a forward-deploy port in Yokosuka, Japan in 1997.
In January 2003, John S. McCain deployed to the Persian Gulf. She launched 39 Tomahawk missiles in support of the invasion of Iraq and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her service. John S. McCain was awarded the Navy Battle E for DESRON 15 in 2003 and again in 2004.
On 16 February 2007, John S. McCain was awarded the 2006 Battle “E” award.
On 11 June 2009, a Chinese submarine reportedly collided with the towed sonar array of John S. McCain near Subic Bay, Philippines. The incident caused damage to the array but was described as an “inadvertent encounter”.
In June 2009, John S. McCain pursued the North Korean cargo ship Kang Nam 1 toward Burma in enforcement of the new United Nations resolution of an arms export embargo against North Korea. The vessel was suspected of carrying arms for the Burmese junta government. Kang Nam 1 returned to North Korea without delivering its cargo to Burma.
In July 2009, the destroyer berthed at Yokohama’s international passenger terminal on a goodwill tour. The ship was opened to the public on 22 July 2009.
In March 2011, in company with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the ship was deployed off northeastern Honshu, Japan to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. During that time, the ship may have been exposed to leaking radiation from the Fukushima I nuclear accidents.
In April 2013, John S. McCain was sent to Korea during escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. In June 2014 the destroyer was sent to Subic Bay to perform in CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) exercises.
On 2 October 2016, USS John S. McCain and USS Frank Cable made the first port visit by US Navy ships to Cam Ranh Bay since end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
File:CNO Statement on Recent Incidents in Pacific (August 21, 2017).ogv
CNO’s statement on John S. McCain collision
On 21 August 2017, the destroyer was involved in a collision with the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC off the coast of Malaysia east of the Strait of Malacca. After the collision, the ship, which sustained damage to her port side aft, was able to return to port under her own power. According to a United States Navy press release, the breach “resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms.” Initial casualty reports indicate ten sailors missing and five sailors injured
Why has China taken it upon themselves to start producing man-made islands? Don’t they have enough land? It’s apparent they have way too much money and time on their hand and they clearly don’t know what to do with it. Maybe it really is the time we Americans start boycotting Chinese products and manufacturing altogether. After all, they have poisoned our pets and sold us unsafe toys for years. But then again, if that would be the case we wouldn’t have much to buy considering even products made here in the USA also have components which were being made in The People’s Republic of China.
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