>> A search and rescue operation underway east of Singapore on Monday, after the American warship USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker during a routine visit through one of the world's busiest waterways just before dawn. The US Navy says, 10 of its sailors are missing and five are injured.
Four of them have been airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The damaged destroyer is now sailing under its own power to a Singapore port. Reuters Bettina Gough went out to see the ship.>> We're near Changi Naval Base and it seems that the ship is moving by itself.
There's dozens of people on deck. The damage looks pretty big, about three to four meters wide. There are a few other boats surrounding the McCain. We're not sure what it's going to do, but they're trying to keep us from the boat.>> President Trump and Senator John McCain have both tweeted about the accident, offering their thoughts and prayers to sailors and praising rescue teams.
It's the second collision involving a US Navy vessel in Asian waters in little more than two months. After a USS Fitzgerald almost sunk off the coast of Japan following a collision with the Philippine container ship. That accident killing seven sailors on board. USS Fitzgerald and John S McCain are both ballistic missile defense capable ships, and are part of the same Japan based destroyer squadron.
The US Navy says it's too early to know whether more warships will now be needed to boost the fleet, as tensions with North Korea remain high.