NBC News Ten sailors were missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of the Singapore and Malacca Straits, authorities said yesterday. Five additional sailors were injured in the collision between the USS John S. McCain and the merchant vessel, described as a 30,000-ton chemical and oil tanker, as reported by the Navy. A spokesman told NBC News the incident was being treated as an accident.
The guided missile destroyer is named for the Arizona’s senator’s father and grandfather, both of whom were admirals. The collision was reported east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time ( which is 5:24 p.m. ET.) The collision occurred when the ship was en route to a routine port visit in Singapore. The John S. McCain suffered damage to its port side, the statement said, and a search and rescue operation was underway.