The United States Navy said it will continue to investigate the collision involving the USS John S. McCain as the vessel’s damage is being assessed, the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs said in a news post that search efforts are continuing for the 10 soldiers who are still missing. Five sailors are injured. “Search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with local authorities. Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships Noble Pearl and Noble Knight joined search efforts as well.”
Navy Admiral John Richardson has ordered a probe in the incident. The guided-missile destroyer “sustained significant hull damage that resulted in flooding to nearby compartments.”
“It is the second such incident in a very short period of time, inside three months, and very similar as well,” Richardson said at the Pentagon. “It is the last of a series of incidents in the Pacific fleet in particular and that gives great cause for concern that there is something out there we are not getting at.”
In the coming weeks, the Navy said it would take a one-day pause in operations to identify any steps that may need to be taken to ensure safety.
Update – With two Navy Warships, USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, involved in violent collisions at sea, the Navy has not ruled out cyber attacks.