Navy, Japan Coast Guard search for oil damage after USS Antietam incident
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Navy and Japan Coast Guard ships continued searching Yokosuka’s shoreline and waters Wednesday for signs of environmental damage, one day after the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground on a shoal and leaked hydraulic oil.
Antietam grounded just before 11 a.m. Tuesday while anchoring near the northeast side of the base at the Ammunition Handling Anchorage Area, Naval Forces Japan officials said Wednesday.
No ammunition was being handled at the time of the incident, Naval Forces Japan spokesman Darian Wilson said.
The area is regularly used by U.S. and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships for anchoring and isn’t far from the base’s piers.
Both the Navy and the Japan Coast Guard conducted surface searches for an estimated 1,100 gallons of leaked hydraulic oil Tuesday and Wednesday.
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