USS John S. McCain Develops Hull Crack while Transiting to Yokosuka

The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) developed a crack in its hull while transiting to Yokosuka aboard the heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure, a spokesperson for the U.S. Seventh Fleet confirmed to World Maritime News.

The warship was moved onto to the heavy-lift vessel earlier this month and was supposed to head for Yokosuka, where it is scheduled to undergo repairs.

“The crack is about four inches long on the starboard side, amidships, and there is also a small dent there,” Cmdr. Clay Doss said in a statement.

“This development, along with inclement weather and sea state conditions associated with Typhoon “Lan,” diverted MV Treasure to Subic Bay, Philippines. While there, experts will inspect the crack and determine if any additional repairs are needed before continuing to Yokosuka.”

The guided-missile destroyer already suffered a major damage in a collision with an oil/chemical tanker Alnic MC that took place east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on August 21.

Specifically, the destroyer sustained damage to the port side aft resulting in flooding to nearby compartments, including berthing, machinery and communications rooms.

World Maritime News Staff

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