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600-foot-long oil tanker collides with U.S. Navy warship near Singapore

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Staff Writer | August 21, 2017
USS John S. McCain
Shipping   10 sailors missing

The USS John S. McCain, a destroyer warship equipped with guided missiles, collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore early Monday morning, the U.S. Navy confirmed.

"Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," the Navy said in a statement.

"In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant (97), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance."

The cause of the accident, extent of damage and personal injuries are still being investigated, the Navy added. But 10 sailors have been reported missing and at least five are injured.

The John S. McCain collided with is a 30,000-ton, 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag, reported the Guardian.

The U.S. warship is 505 feet long and displaces about 9,000 tons, according to CNN.

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