美国海军“约翰·S·麦凯恩号”(USS John S. McCain)驱逐舰星期一在马六甲海峡附近与一艘油轮相撞，导致十名美国水兵失踪，五名水兵受伤，“约翰·S·麦凯恩号”船体受到“严重损害”。
US Navy Orders Operational Pause for Up to 2 Days Following Collision
The U.S. Navy is promising to take "a much more aggressive stance" as it tries to determine what led to a second collision between a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a commercial vessel in as many months.
Ten American sailors are missing and five injured, with the USS John S. McCain sustaining "significant damage" as a result of Monday’s collision with a tanker near the Strait of Malacca.
Photos released by the U.S. Navy show a gaping hole, below the waterline, on the John S. McCain’s port side. A statement from the U.S. 7th Fleet said the damage was "significant" and that some sleeping areas and communications rooms flooded as a result.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers searched Tuesday for the missing sailors in sealed compartments in damaged sections of the ship. Meanwhile, ships and aircraft from the Malaysian Navy and Singapore's Navy also continued searching the area where the collision happened.
In response to the incident, the Navy ordered an immediate operational pause across the U.S. fleet.
The collision between USS John S. McCain and the Liberian-flagged tanker ship Alnic MC early Monday is the second involving a ship from the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.
Mattis Visits Iraq Amid Push to Rout Islamic State, Look Toward Future
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday Islamic State's "days are numbered," while cautioning that defeating the militant group is not imminent.
Mattis spoke to reporters before flying to Baghdad for an unannounced visit, where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The two discussed security cooperation and U.S. support for Iraqi security forces, Abadi said in a tweet. The Pentagon chief says stabilizing Iraq is "not going to happen overnight." "It's going to be a heavy lift for them going forward," Mattis noted.
U.S. forces have been leading a coalition of countries conducting airstrikes and other military operations in support of Iraq's military since August 2014, a few months after Islamic State fighters swept through large areas of northern and western Iraq. The Iraqi troops scored a major victory in July by recapturing control of Mosul, the nation's second largest city.
On Sunday, Iraq's military launched an offensive to take back Tal Afar, an area about 60 kilometers west of Mosul.
The U.S. coalition is also supporting efforts to expel Islamic State from areas it controls in neighboring Syria, including its de facto capital in the city of Raqqa.