December 8, 2022

The submarine collides with an unknown object

A US submarine has collided with an unknown object in the South China Sea, according to a statement from the US Navy. The collision occurred near an island chain that is claimed by six different countries, including Vietnam and Taiwan.
The USS John S McCain was sailing at a normal speed when it struck an unknown object, said Commander Dave Benham of U.S. Pacific Command.Ship is damaged, but not critically. There are no reports of injuries so far.
The vessel sailed under its own power to a port in Singapore after the collision off the waters of the Strait of Malacca on Monday night local time. The destroyer USS America also arrived in Singapore for damage assessment.
The incident comes days after another guided-missile destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald , collided with a container ship near Japan.
According to Commander Benham of U.S. Pacific Command, more information about the collision will be available when further assessments are done. A separate statement from 7th Fleet said damage was being evaluated and crews were looking for injured personnel.
About 10,000 US soldiers are participating in a military exercise with South Korea amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The two allies have been asserting that North Korea’s missile tests and nuclear program pose a serious threat to them and the rest of the world.
Pyongyang is already under the toughest UN sanctions in its history, with several rounds of measures adopted in recent months cutting off more links to the rest of the world. The US and South Korean militaries are practicing precision strike drills, using a variety of missiles that can be loaded with nuclear warheads.The USS John S McCain is named after the father and grandfather of United States Senator John McCain, who were admirals of the United States Navy. The warship is based at the 7th Fleet’s headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.
The collision happened near an island chain which Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan also claim to belong to them. It comes just weeks after the USS Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, collided with a container ship in June.Seven sailors were killed in this accident.
The US Navy said it is investigating how exactly its destroyer collided with the merchant vessel more than three times its size.