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U.S. destroyer, oil tanker collide

USS Porter damaged in collision
USS Porter damaged in collision


    USS Porter damaged in collision


USS Porter damaged in collision 00:47

Story highlights

  • Vessels collided near important point for oil shipments leaving the Persian Gulf
  • No one was injured, military says
  • Ship is under way while crew evaluates the damage
A U.S. guided missile destroyer was involved in a collision with an oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy announced.
No one on either the USS Porter or the Japanese-owned M/V Otowasan was injured, the Navy said.
The 505-foot Porter is operating under its own power near the strait, a strategically important chokepoint for oil shipments from the Persian Gulf.
The crew is evaluating the damage, which appeared in photos released by the military to be a large dent in the side.
The Norfolk, Virginia-based ship is part of the U.S. 5th Fleet and left its home port on March 12. The Navy said the accident, which occurred Sunday at about 1 a.m. local time, was not combat-related.