US warship CRASHES with vessel near North Korea in ‘highly unusual’ incident

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

A US warship has collided with another vessel off the Korean peninsula in a highly unusual incident, according to South Korean defence authorities.

By Joshua Nevett
9th May 2017

US aircraft cruiser USS Lake Champlain has crashed into a South Korean fishing vessel in the East Sea during a training mission.

The guided-missile carrying warship collided with the 20 metre long fishing boat 56 miles south of Ulleung Island – just a whisker away from North Korean waters.

Six people were on board the nine tonne fishing boat but there are no reports of any casualties.

The warship was conducting “routine operations in international waters” when the clash happened on Tuesday.

The crash happened close to where an “armada” of US warships have been parked to deter North Korea from firing another nuclear missile.

USS Lake Champlain is part of the US Navy strike force carrying out war drills with South Korea in the pacific.

A military source said: “There was an accident involving the US cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the South Korean fishing ship 502 Namyang in the waters 56 miles south of Ulleung Island at around noon today.”

Both ships were unscathed and nobody was hurt.

US Navy and South Korean coast guard officals have launched a joint investigation into the incident.

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