Another US Navy ship collides with a merchant ship. What is going on?

This comes just a few days after the top three leaders in the chain of command aboard the USS Fitzgerald were relieved of command. They were in command when they had a deadly collision off the coast of Japan, killing seven sailors only two months ago in June.

The US Navy has written a brief summary of the incident:

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.

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