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Another USN Pacific destroyer suffers mishap as tug loses propulsion

20 November 2017

A US Navy (USN) destroyer deployed to the Western Pacific suffered a mishap on 18 November when a Japanese tug lost propulsion and drifted into the ship as the two vessels were drilling together, USN officials said.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Sagami Wan when the incident occurred.

No-one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment, USN officials said. Benfold remains at sea under its own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka.

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