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This is the latest in a string of accidents in 2017 by US Navy warships in the Western Pacific. The highest profile collisions were of the USS Fitzgerald off Japan and the USS John S. McCain off Singapore. Both resulted in the warships being disabled and a number of crew being killed.


A Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer during a towing exercise Saturday, the Navy said.

The USS Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, the Navy said in a statement. No one was injured on either vessel. The commercial tug boat was being towed to a port in Yokosuka, the home of the Navy’s Japan-based 7th Fleet.

The collision occurred in Sagami Bay, which is southwest of Tokyo. The Navy said the Benfold remained at sea under its own power, and that the incident would be investigated.


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46.4° N
116.9° E
161.9° E
23.9° N


Sagami Bay, Japan

Japan (JP) is estimated to have a population of 127.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 0.6 million.