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Yokosuka-based U.S. Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Malacca Strait

All broadcasters reported in their noon news programs on the collision between the USS John S. McCain, an Aegis-equipped destroyer belonging to the 7th Fleet and based in Yokosuka, and the oil tanker Alnic MC in the Strait of Malacca at around 6:24 a.m. (Japan time) on Monday. The U.S. Navy said that the port side of the John S. McCain was damaged in the collision but that the vessel is sailing under its own power. Ten crew members are missing, and five others were injured. The broadcasters mentioned that the USS Fitzgerald, another Yokosuka-based destroyer, collided with a container ship in waters off Shizuoka in June, resulting in the death of seven Navy sailors. NHK said the John S. McCain was heading to a port in Singapore after participating in the Freedom of Navigation operation in the South China Sea when it collided with the tanker. Fuji-TV said that the tanker is registered in Liberia.

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