|USS John S McCain returned to Singapore with a large hole in its hull|
The USS John S McCain suffered damage on its side after the collision with the Alnic MC at 5.24am local time, but it sailed under its own power and arrived at Changi naval base on Singapore's east coast with a large hole torn in its hull.
The US Navy's 7th Fleet said: "There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured... search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities.
"The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated."
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Four of the injured sailors were airlifted to hospital for treatment. The fifth injured sailor did not require medical attention.
A search-and-rescue mission is under way involving Singaporean ships, helicopters and tug boats, as well as US Navy aircraft. Neighbouring Malaysia also deployed eight ships.
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|The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel in June|
USS John S. McCain collides with merch
The collision with the merchant vessel Alnic
The collision involving a ship from the 7th Fleet in the Pacific is the second in two months.
Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.
The Fitzgerald's captain was relieved of command and other sailors face penalties after officials found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the Navy said last week.
An investigation into how and why the Fitzgerald collided with the other ship was not finished, but enough details were known to take those actions, the Navy said.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel in June
The Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged, 183 metre-long oil tanker of 49,958 tons, according to shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon.
It is just under 25% bigger than Britain's biggest ever warship , the 40,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The tanker was carrying around 11,810 tons of oil from Taiwan, destined for Singapore. There have been no reports of an oil spill.
The USS John S McCain is named after Republican Senator John McCain, a Vietnam War-era naval aviator who was shot down and held prisoner for five years.
"Cindy & I are keeping America's sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight - appreciate the work of search & rescue crews," Mr McCain said on Twitter.
President Donald Trump initially said "that's too bad" as he responded to reporters shouting questions about the collision as he arrived back at the White House after a weekend break.
He tweeted shortly afterwards: "Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway."