A US warship has sustained minor damage after a collision with a Japanese tugboat off central Japan water.
The commercial tugboat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a routine towing exercise.
According to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet “No one was injured on either vessel,” the US Navy says, further that an investigation has started and it is in progress.
In a statement, the US Navy says the warship “sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side”.
“Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka.”
in August, the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial boat off the coast of Singapore, killing 10 U.S. sailors, taking the warship out of commission and prompting a fleet-wide operational pause.
In June, seven US sailors died in a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship in Japanese waters near the port city of Yokosuka.
In May, a guided-missile cruiser collided with a South Korean fishing vessel, while in January another cruiser ran aground near the fleet base in Yokosuka.
The US has recently announced a series of reforms aimed at increasing naval skills and alertness at sea.