Japanese Tug Boat Crashes Into US Warship During Exercise

© AP Photo / Borg WongThe guided missile destroyer USS Benfold arrives in port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
The guided missile destroyer USS Benfold arrives in port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The incident occurred off the east coast of Japan. The boat was on its way to the port in Yokosuka, where the US Navy is stationed.

A Japanese tug boat has accidently damaged a US missile destroyer in Sagami Bay.

"No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment," a press release of the US Navy said.

According to the report, the US Navy carried out towing exercises when the boat experienced technical problems and crashed into the side of the USS Benfold.

An investigation of the incident is underway.

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