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South Korean Fishing Vessel Collides With U.S. Navy Guided-Missile Cruiser

USS Lake Champlain (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
May 09, 2017

On Tuesday, the U.S. Navy said that a South Korean fishing vessel collided with the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) while it was conducting routine operations in international waters. The Navy added that no one on either vessel were injured in the collision in the waters east of the Korean Peninsula.

The South Korean vessel reportedly hit the missile-guided cruiser’s port side at approximately 11:50 a.m. local time. Both of the ships were able to navigate using their own power after the collision.

“The incident is under investigation by both U.S. Navy and South Korea Coast Guard,” the Navy said in a statement. “Damage assessments of both the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser and the 60-70 foot long fishing vessel are underway.”

The USS Lake Champion is a part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group which is currently on deployment in the Western-Pacific.