The USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel in June of this year killing seven members of her crew. Unfortunately today the USS John S McCain has also collides with a merchant vessel; details unknown.
“Ten sailors were missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of the Singapore and Malacca Straits, authorities said Sunday. Five sailors were injured in the collision between the USS John S. McCain and the merchant vessel, a 30,000-ton chemical and oil tanker, the Navy said in a statement.
A Navy spokesman told NBC News the incident was being treated as an accident. (link)
Original Press release from Pacific Command 7th Fleet Operations:
SOUTH CHINA SEA – The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on Aug. 21.
The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.
Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. (read more)
UPDATE: Below is a picture of the Alnic MC, a Liberian flagged oil and chemical tanker: