Japanese Tug Loses Propulsion, Drifts into USS Benfold
By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
| Nov. 18, 2017
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Republic of Singapore Navy™s (RSN) RSS Endurance (LST 207), participate in a PHOTOEX during Exercise Pacific Griffin 2017, off the coast of Guam, August 28, 2017. Pacific Griffin 2017 is an exercise between the U.S. and RSN, representing the enhanced capabilities of both navies to operate and work together to ensure maritime security and stability. (Photo by U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 18, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Sagami Wan Nov. 18, when the tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the ship.
No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment. Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated.
Benfold is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia- Pacific.