On August 21st, the USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC off the coast of Singapore. The larger civilian ship struck the McCain on the port side, tearing a large hole in the hull of the warship, and dooming 10 sailors who were trapped inside the flooded compartments.
The crash between the McCain and Alnic MC was a tragedy in its own right, but it was, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. In fact, the collision that occurred that August morning was the second in less than two months, as the USS Fitzgerald, the same class of missile cruiser, also collided with a merchant vessel in June.
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