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10 U.S. sailors missing following collision near Singapore

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/21/17, 09:06 am

The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker early Monday morning east of Singapore, ripping a large hole in the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer. Ten sailors are missing and a Singaporean navy helicopter evacuated four others, taking them to a hospital for treatment. The collision happened just after 5 a.m. local time. Vessels and aircraft from the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia are searching for the missing sailors. The collision is the second involving a ship from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the last two months.

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Navy destroyer to lose command

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/18/17, 10:49 am

The top three leaders of a U.S. warship that collided with a commercial container ship last month, killing seven sailors, will lose command of the ship, according to an announcement by U.S. Navy officials Thursday. Due to “inadequate leadership” of the USS Fitzgerald, the Navy has relieved Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt, and Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin of their duties and will punish more than a dozen other sailors. Adm.

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Army helicopter crashes off Hawaii

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/16/17, 11:39 am

Five crew members are missing after a U.S. Army helicopter went down Tuesday night off the coast of Hawaii. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu lost contact with the UH-60 Black Hawk around 10 p.m. while it was on a routine training mission, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news release. Responding teams reported spotting a debris field about 2 miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu, shortly before 11:30 p.m. An airplane, two helicopters, and several boats are searching the area for survivors. 

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