US Navy ship collides with tanker in Gulf

No-one injured in accident between guided-missile destroyer, tanker.


By: Reuters

A US Navy ship collided with an oil tanker in Gulf waters in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.

In a statement posted on its website, the Fifth Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter was involved in a collision with the Japanese-owned merchant vessel M/V Otowasan near the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 01:00am local time. No-one was injured.

The Fifth Fleet said overall damage to the USS Porter was being evaluated, but the ship was still able to operate under its own power. The incident is under investigation, the statement said.

Tensions have run high in Gulf waters this year. Earlier in 2012, Iran's government threatened to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil shipping route, following US and EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme.

Last month, a US Navy ship opened fire on an Emirati fishing vessel just off the coast of Dubai, killing one Indian national and injuring three others.

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