Japanese Tugboat Crashes into U.S. Destroyer

According to the U.S. Navy, a Japanese tugboat “drifted into” a destroyer during an exercise Saturday. 

The collision caused “minimal damage” to the warship.  No injuries have been reported.

It's the fifth crash this year for the Navy's 7th Fleet, including two fatal collisions involving guided-missile destroyers that have killed a total of 17 sailors. 

The USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer, appears to have sustained scrapes on its side and remains at sea, according to the Navy’s 7th Fleet, which is based in Japan. The tugboat lost propulsion before drifting into the warship. 

The tugboat was towed to the 7th Fleet's headquarters in Yokosuka, which is just south of Tokyo.

The Navy has said the collision will be investigated. 

 

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