First Images, Videos Show Extensive Damage To USS John McCain

Photos and videos have emerged from the early Monday collision involving the guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain and an oil/chemical tanker called the Alnic MC. As reported late on Sunday, five sailors were injured in the collision, which occurred east of the Strait of Malacca, and a search is underway for 10 more who remain missing.

The collision is an unsettling repeat of the June collision between the USS Fitzgerald and container ship the ACX Crystal, the worst naval accident in decades. Ultimately, the crash left seven sailors dead and resulted in career-ending penalties against the ship’s captain and other top officials.

The following YouTube videos show the gaping hole on the side of the ship where the collision occurred.

According to the 7th Fleet Commander, the collision was reported at 6:24 Japan Time. The crash occurred while the USS John McCain was on its way to a routine port call in Singapore. Photographic evidence confirms that the warship sustained damage to its port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said, although there is still no word on any casualties. The ship arrived safely in Singapore according to the 7th Fleet, which has released more photos of the USS John McCain on its twitter feed:

While investigations into the collision of the USS Fitzgerald appeared to quickly ascertain that personal error was responsible for the crash. However, before the final decision was released, early reports appeared to suggest that there might’ve been something wrong with the Destroyer’s navigation system. While naval accidents involving US service ships are extremely rare, there have now been two almost identical collisions in the span of a three months. In light of recent events, it is surprising that Russian hackers have not been blamed yet. 


Handful of Dust RealityCheque Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:38 Permalink

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“Things like this are going to happen in a Big Ocean. People are just going to have to get used to it.”

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Kotzbomber747 (not verified) peddling-fiction Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:43 Permalink

I can just imagine the reply from the US navy. It's always someone else's fault, whether it's aircraft intercepts over the Baltic Sea, of (near) navy collisions in the South China Sea.Reminds me of the following joke:US Ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.CND reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.US Ship: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert your course.CND reply: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course!US Ship: THIS IS THE USS  JOHN MCCAIN, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!!CND reply: This is a lighthouse mate. Your call.Has Fake News Outlet CNN already blamed "Russian Hackers?"

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chunga Shemp 4 Victory Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:43 Permalink

It's embarassing enough if Uncle Scam has 500' destroyers with crews of 300 joy-riding not paying attention crashing into things, and this one named after war-mongerer #1. It would be even worse to admit it has to recall all navy vessels because something out there is throwing an electronic kibosh on them. If that's what's happening why would jets and other weapons be any different?Is there a USS McMasters bobbing around out there? If so maybe they shoudl put on their life jackets.

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Erek Kotzbomber747 (not verified) Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:52 Permalink

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PorscheNoSub peddling-fiction Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:24 Permalink

"Will the fourth "crash" be considered an unlucky accident or coinicidence as well?"FIFY - maybe?Ran across another collision reference on Breitbart which sounds similar but may just be "accidental". Anyone hear about the USS Lake Champlain collision in May near South Korea?… a Ticonderoga-class cruiser instead of a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer but still uses Aegis. Interestingly from the USNI article it was hit on the port side amid ship. 

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JohninMK peddling-fiction Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:28 Permalink

From my big post on the USS Fitzgerald enquiries near the end of this threadWhilst there will undoubtedly be career changes in the background, publicaly the sad fact is that the USN seems to regard death and injury to its sailors due, in its own words,  to "poor seamanship", "inadequate leadership" and "flawed teamwork" as being "in the line of duty" and not "misconduct".I am sure that other Navies would not take the same view. Another nail in the reputation of the USN.  

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Big Brother crazzziecanuck Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:53 Permalink

Given the correlation with Plans, Trains, and Cars and their own mishaps with auto-pilot controls, I would agree that your proposition is most likely (but not as fun for conspiracy theory).---I'm a quality engineer and our T-MAC (automation stuff) controls allow our operators to make similar costly mistakes (although no one's died... yet).

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Give Me Some Truth EuroPox Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:00 Permalink

Anyone else suspect that the quality of our miltary personnel might be declining? After years of battle and mission fatigue and then eight years of liberal PC under Obama, I imagine discipline is not what it used to be, and the NCO and officers are not as impressive as they might have once been. I don't think we should just automatically assume our troops and sailors are up to all they myriad tasks that are being assigned to them.

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Freddie two hoots Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:07 Permalink

The Iranians aka Persians also supposedly took down a USA Inc drone.  The Persians are pretty smart and I bet between China, Iran and Russia they have some tech to spoof this expensive Raytheon junk. US defense companies and the even creepier consultants like Booz Allen, Serco, Brown and Root are great at stealing money from US taxpayers.  Most of their stuff is overpriced shit.Poor kids in the Navy.  How many sailors did the McCain family kill?  They killed more sailors than the Russians ever did.  They also helped kill scores of innocent people including McCain's ISIS boys.

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PorscheNoSub EuroPox Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:20 Permalink

I hear what you are saying, but take a look at the damage again. The "puncture" isn't symmetrical to me and looks like a glancing/angled blow/collision (shallow then to deepest depth from AFT moving FWD). I think differences in tanker/freighter design may account for the difference in damage between the two incidents (I think this tanker was riding higher in the water than the Japan incident). Or, it just might be the relative speed between the two ships wasn't as great as with the USS Fitzgerald incident. The video isn't bad but also isn't the greatest. 

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EuroPox PorscheNoSub Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:40 Permalink

Here is a better picture: is another:… - if you enlarge the small image you get a pretty good view.To me it looks like a clean hit, I don't see anything that looks like sheer - it went straight in.  Compare with the Fitzgerald and you can see where the Crystal's anchor lodged in the superstructure and tore it apart ... nothing like that here.

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