21 Oct '17, 1am

New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines: The guided…

New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines: The guided…

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The collision-damaged USS John S. McCain – enroute from Singapore to Japan via a heavy-lift vessel – has been diverted to the Philippines because of new structural issues and a typhoon. The guided-missile destroyer developed a 4-inch-long crack along its starboard side while transiting to Yokosuka Naval Base aboard the MV Treasure, 7th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Clay Doss told Stars and Stripes on Saturday. Weather conditions associated with Typhoon Lan had already slowed the McCain’s journey to Japan, and the crack’s discovery led to the diversion to Subic Bay, Philippines, Doss said. “Once pier side, experts will inspect the crack and determine if any additional repairs are needed before continuing to Yokosuka,” he said. The cause of the crack and the extent of the structural issues are unknown, Doss said. The majority of the crew has already retu...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/new-hull-crack-typho...

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