First images of damaged & flooded ‘USS John S. McCain’ after collision with oil tanker (VIDEO)

Monday, August 21, 2017
By Paul Martin
21 Aug, 2017

First footage showing a significantly damaged US guided-missile destroyer, the ‘USS John S. McCain’, has emerged online. The warship collided with a merchant vessel near the coast of Singapore.

The video shows the 505ft-long ‘USS John S. McCain’ heading to Singapore with a huge dent in its left-hand side, which it received in a collision with a 600ft oil and chemical tanker, the ‘Alnic MC.’ The US Navy confirmed that the warship sustained significant damage and that some compartments were flooded.

“Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding,” the US Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement on Monday.

Five crewmembers of the ‘USS John S. McCain’ were injured in the collision, four of whom were evacuated to a local hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” while one more sailor “does not require further medical attention,” according to the US Navy.

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