(Spc. 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/U. S. Navy via AP) In this image released by the U.S. Navy, F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornet fly over the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, trailed by, even from second left, South Korean destroyers, Sejong the Great and Yang. .
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A US guided-missile cruiser was hit with a South Korean fishing vessel on Tuesday while the Navy warship was running operations in international waters close to the Korean Peninsula, the Navy stated.
The 60- to 70-foot-long fishing vessel collided with the USS Lake Champlain — a 568-foot Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser that was using the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson attack group.
No injuries were reported and damage evaluations for the two boats are underway, according to a Navy press release.
While Navy officials are downplaying the collision, former sailors stated that incidents of this kind aren’t “commonplace,” as the service proposed and, at the very least, reflect a significant expert humiliation.
“At the end of the afternoon, this is unacceptable. It isn’t considered a fact of life in (the) maritime community,” explained Bryan McGrath, a Navy veteran and creator that the FerryBridge Group, a consulting agency that specializes in naval and national security difficulties.
“I saw a lot of my buddies have problems like that and be removed from control,” he added.
Tuesday’s incident raises questions regarding a foreign vessel managed to come so close to a US Navy ship working in a region.
President Donald Trump declared he’d be ready to act “unilaterally” against Pyongyang in early April.
And the coming late last month of the Vinson strike group, which also includes guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy, has been explained as a series of force in advance of a long-anticipated sixth nuclear test in the North Korean authorities.
CNN’s Barbara Starr contributed to this story.