US Aegis destroyer grounds off eastern Japan, causes oil spill

Owen Stevens
February 2, 2017

The Navy is assessing the cause of the incident and the impact on the environment.

The USS Antietam is a Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser assigned to the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet. Navy divers have surveyed the ship, but Pacific Fleet commanders declined to specify the extent of the damage.No crew members were injured but the accident spilled an estimated 1,100 gallons of hydraulic oil into the bay.

"The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) damaged its propellers while anchoring in Tokyo Bay in the vicinity of Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 31", the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Following the mishap, the Antietam was safely returned to Yokosuka with the help of tugs attached to the installation.

A US missile cruiser ran aground Tuesday off the coast of Japan, according to the Navy Times and local Japanese news sources.

Early reports suggested that Antietam dragged anchor due to high winds, but the San Diego Union-Tribune provided a conflicting account: sources told the Tribune that the cruiser was getting under way when her propellers struck the bottom.

Navy Times, which first described the mishap, reported the Antietam dumped 1,100 gallons of oil as a result of the incident.

The Navy notified Japanese government of the oil spill and is taking steps to clean up, officials said. The ship is commanded by Capt. Joseph Carrigan, according to the ship's website.

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