US guided-missile destroyer manages to get crunched by Japanese tanker near Persian Gulf

An American guided-missile destroyer was gashed and dented on one side in a collision with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The collision tore a hole about 10 feet by 10 feet in the right side of the destroyer, the Porter, above the water line. No one on the Porter or the other vessel, a Japanese-owned bulk oil carrier called the Otowasan, was hurt, the Navy said in a statement.

The Navy said that the collision, which happened about 1 a.m., was not “combat related”…

No kidding! How about arrogant, American military-related?

The extent of damage to the Otowasan was not known, but Reuters, citing an Omani coast guard official, reported that the ship was able to go on its way. Its scheduled destination was Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates just outside the strait, Reuters said, citing ship tracking Web sites. The Navy said there were no reported spills or leaks from either vessel.

One-fifth of the world’s crude oil is shipped through the Strait of Hormuz, a crowded and tense waterway at the entrance to the Persian Gulf between Iran and Oman. Iran has often threatened to block tanker traffic in retaliation for Western sanctions over its nuclear program, and the United States maintains a strong naval presence in the region in part to ensure that the strait remains open.

Understand that “crowded” means that at its narrowest, the Strait is 42 kilometers wide. About 14 tankers of this size pass through daily – and they move at about half the speed of an American destroyer. Because of their mass – even unladen – they are much less maneuverable than a warship like the Porter.

You could make a ship like the Porter dance circles around the Otowasan if you weren’t busy being a bully and an asshat.

4 thoughts on “US guided-missile destroyer manages to get crunched by Japanese tanker near Persian Gulf

    • moss says:

      Even military vessels have green lights on the starboard – which was where the Porter was struck. The Otowasan would have red lights on the port side – which should have warned away the Porter as it approached.

      Another Navy captain will get retired – at 80% of full pay.

  1. Keelhaul says:

    The Japan Coast Guard has recommended negligent homicide charges for the USS Fitzgerald’s officer of the deck and the ACX Crystal’s second officer after a deadly collision last year.
    The guidance, announced Thursday, comes after the conclusion of an investigation that determined both officers were responsible for the June 17 incident that killed seven Fitzgerald sailors after the destroyer crashed into the cargo ship about 60 miles southwest of Yokosuka. https://www.stripes.com/news/japan-coast-guard-recommends-negligent-homicide-charges-in-fitzgerald-collision-1.517132 The Navy announced in January that Cmdr. Bryce Benson — who helmed the Fitzgerald during the incident and was injured in the crash — had been charged with dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide. Two unnamed lieutenants and one lieutenant junior grade from the ship face similar charges.
    Articles 32 hearings for sailors involved in both the Fitzgerald incident and a later collision that killed 10 USS John S. McCain sailors near Singapore were scheduled to begin earlier this month. However, those have been postponed to an unspecified date after defense attorneys asked for more time.

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