Cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with Korean fishing vessel, Japan sea UPDATE
UPDATE: fishing vessel lacked functioning radio or GPS and did not heed audio warnings, a defense official told USNI News. Lake Champlain was conducting routine operations at the time of the collision with the 65-foot boat, 502 Nam Yang. No one was injured, and both ships were able to navigate under their own power afterwards.
The incident, which took place around 11:50 a.m. on May 9, 2017, local time, is under investigation by both the U.S. Navy and South Korean Coast Guard. Damage assessments are also underway, and the Navy statement did not comment on damage to Lake Champlain other than to say it was hit on the port side, amid ship. The defense official told USNI News that Lake Champlain appeared to have a small dent from the collision, and the fishing vessel had damage to its bow.
Visibility was limited during the time of the collision, the defense official said. Lake Champlain hailed the fishing vessel through its bridge-to-bridge communications with no success and sounded its horn, but the collision was not avoided. The cruiser was operating near USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) at the time.
U.S. Navy’ guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) collided with a South Korean 10-ton fishing vessel in international waters off South Korea on May 9 at around 1150 Seoul time May 9 in Japan sea, some 70 nm east of Pohang. According to Korean CG, fishing vessel didn’t suffer serious damages, and returned to Pohang under own power. USS Lake Champlain is part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group which is currently on a Western-Pacific Deployment.
USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lake_Champlain_(CG-57)