TOKYO – A Japanese tug boat misplaced propulsion and drifted right into a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer throughout a towing train Saturday, the Navy stated.
The USS Benfold sustained minimal injury, together with scrapes on its facet, the Navy stated in an announcement. No one was injured on both vessel. The business tug boat was being towed to a port in Yokosuka, the house of the Navy’s Japan-based seventh Fleet.
The collision occurred in Sagami Bay, which is southwest of Tokyo. The Navy stated the Benfold remained at sea underneath its personal energy, and that the incident can be investigated.
The seventh Fleet has had two deadly accidents in Asian waters this yr, leaving 17 sailors lifeless and prompting the dismissal of eight high Navy officers, together with the seventh Fleet commander.
The USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided close to Singapore in August, leaving 10 U.S. sailors lifeless. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan.
The Navy has concluded that the collisions have been avoidable and resulted from widespread failures by the crews and commanders, who did not rapidly acknowledge and reply to unfolding emergencies. A Navy report beneficial quite a few adjustments to handle the issues, starting from improved coaching to growing sleep and stress administration for sailors.