US Navy ship suffers minor Harm in scrape with Western tug boat


Japanese tug collides with US Navy destroyer close Japan

Tug reportedly lost propulsion and ventured to U.S. boat.

A Western tug dropped propulsion and bumped to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific near Japan, based on statement from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, the Most Up-to-date in a series of accidents in the region.  

This time sailors had been injured on each side, according to the Navy.    

USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer, sustained “minimal damage” through a towing exercise with the tug.  

“Benfold remains at sea under her own energy,” the statement said.

The vessel has been towed back into port in Japan.  

The Japan-based 7th Fleet has witnessed a series of mishaps since late January if a U.S. warship ran aground in Tokyo Bay and spilled over 1,000 gallons of petroleum.  

On the summer, 17 sailors drowned from two distinct collisions between the guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.    

A Navy investigation found the two warships at fault and the crashes “preventable.”   The Navy has since called for more robust training of its own officers and crew.  

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.