Sunday, March 26, 2006

USS McCampbell and merchant ship collide in NAG

Reported here:
The Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel M/V Rokya 1 and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) collided at 11:09 p.m., local time, March 25, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Iraqi coastline in the North Persian Gulf.

Two U.S. Sailors received minor injuries as a result of the collision. Two crew members from Rokya 1 also received minor injuries and were treated on-scene by McCampbell’s independent duty corpsman.

Rokya 1 and McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, both received damage on the bow and are deemed seaworthy. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Kiribati is part of the Gilbert Islands (along with Tarawa) in the South Pacific. It's not on the list, but I suspect that Kiribati is a "flag of convenience" country...

UPDATE: More ship collisions, both involving Chinese ships- one in the Pearl River (1 sailor missing) and one in the Yellow Sea off Inchon (3 dead, 9 injured).

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