Source: ABC News
A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan’s Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.
The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.
The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said.
Here’s a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead:
Jan. 31: The USS Antietam runs aground off coast of Japan
The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan on Jan. 31, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.
The guided-missile destroyer grounded near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, after anchoring out in high winds, the Navy Times reported.
The crew noticed the ship was dragging its anchor before getting it back underway, according to the Navy Times, adding that the crew then felt the ship shudder and lose pitch control of its propellers.
About 1,100 gallons of oil were dumped into the Tokyo Bay, the Navy Times reported. No one was injured.
A Navy investigation revealed that the former Capt. Joseph Carrian of the USS Antietam was “ultimately responsible” for the ship’s running aground, causing an estimated $4.2 million in damage, according to Stars and Stripes.
May 9: The USS Lake Champlain collides with South Korean fishing boat
The USS Lake Champlain, also a guided-missile cruiser, collided with a South Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan May 9.
The warship was engaged in routine training when it collided with the 9.8-ton fishing boat off South Korea’s east coast, according to The Associated Press.