SINGAPORE-- The US has deployed the Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) which arrived at Changi Naval Base here and is moored across the pier from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, involved in a collision with a merchant ship Monday, according to the United States Seventh Fleet in its latest update on its website.
There are 10 sailors still missing and five injured following the incident. Four of the injured were medically evacuated by a Singapore Armed Forces Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries while the fifth injured sailor did not require further medical attention.
While in Singapore, the US Navy said America would provide messing and berthing services to McCain crew members and to support damage control efforts on board.
America will also support in the ongoing search for 10 missing sailors, it said, adding that its Ship Repair Facility divers are on the scene as well to assess the damage to the hull.
USS McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Monday.
Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms, it said.
Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding, said the Seventh Fleet, the largest of the US Navy's forward deployed fleets.
Meanwhile the US Navy said the search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with ships from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)
ships joined the search this afternoon, providing KD Handalan, KD Gempita, and KM Marudu and a Super Lynx helicopter.
Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), and a Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (PH 55) also rendered assistance.
Gallant along with an SAF Super Puma helicopter and Police Coast Guard vessels Tiger Shark (PH 54) and Sandbar Shark (PH 56) continue to provide assistance.
US Navy MH-60S helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys from USS America are also supporting search efforts at sea.
Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000.
The incident will be investigated to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision, it said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK