Update 3 - Collision Of US Guided-missile Destroyer USS JOHN S MCCAIN And Tanker ALNIC MC In Singapore Waters

23 August 2017

Search and rescue operations continue with expanded search area


Multi-agency search and rescue (SAR) efforts led by Singapore continued today to locate the remaining unaccounted crew of USS JOHN S MCCAIN which was involved in a collision with tanker ALNIC MC in Singapore waters on 21 August 2017. 

2. Today, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) patrol vessels RSS FREEDOM and RSS FEARLESS were deployed.  Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) also deployed two vessels. To cover a wider search area, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) deployed one Fokker 50 and one C-130, and had one Super Puma on standby. Australia joined today’s operation with a P3 aircraft. Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), as the co-ordinating agency for the SAR efforts, has a craft on scene.

3. The search area covered by the Singapore-led SAR efforts was further expanded to 5524 km2 today from 2620 km2 yesterday.  In the coordinated search efforts with the US, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, Singapore and the US are covering the Central sector of the search area. Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia are covering the North-west, North-east and Southern sectors respectively. Please refer to Annex 1. 

4. The US Navy and Marine Corps divers located some remains when they accessed sealed compartments in the damaged parts of the ship during their search operations yesterday. Diving operations in the US vessel are currently still ongoing. 

5. In total, more than 300 personnel from Singapore were deployed for this operation. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed four patrol vessels, three fast craft, one frigate, three Super Pumas, two Chinooks, two C-130 and three Fokker 50 while PCG deployed four patrol craft. MPA deployed two craft, three tugboats and a team of divers. In addition, MPA has been issuing hourly navigational broadcasts to advise passing vessels of the incident and requested them to keep a lookout for any persons in the water.

Annex 1 — Search Area