USS Benfold collides with Japanese tugboat during towing exercise; no injuries reported
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – No injuries were reported after a U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tugboat Saturday in Japan’s Sagami Bay.
The accident occurred after the Japanese vessel lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise, a Navy statement said. The guided-missile destroyer suffered minimal damage and is awaiting a full assessment.
The Benfold was operating under its own power, while the Japanese vessel was being towed to a port in Yokosuka, the statement said.
The Navy said the incident will be investigated.
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