The US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed Singapore on August 27 after providing support to USS John S. McCain following the August 21 collision.
While in Singapore, sailors and marines aboard America provided initial support for the McCain crew to include berthing for 155 sailors, daily supplies, counseling, medical/dental services and communications network support.
Additionally, America’s sailors assisted with damage control efforts by providing watchstanders and additional equipment.
McCain was involved in a collision with the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC in an area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Aug. 21.
Upon notification of the collision Aug. 21, America immediately deployed MV-22B Ospreys and MH-60S Sea Hawks for search and rescue (SAR) operations with embarked Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 3 leading the efforts as the on-scene commander. Through coordination with Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, the search continued for more than more than 80 hours and spanned an approximately 2,100-square mile area.
“It was impressive to see these nations come together and provide their unrelenting support,” said Cmdr. Michael “Farva” Margolius, officer in charge of embarked Tactical Air Control Squadron 11 Detachment 1. “The around-the-clock coordination showed the true resolve of our partnership with these countries.”
USS America is now continuing her maiden operational deployment.