Something really weird is going on with the U.S. Navy. Either there’s a whole lot of sea captains and crews that need to go back to navigation school, or the boys in blue are cursed with a crash fetish. Yet ANOTHER Navy ship has collided with a civilian craft, this time the USS Benfold, a destroyer, scraped sides with a Japanese tug.
“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 Sputnik News, the Japanese ship, actually, was the one that ran into the Benfold as towing exercises were underway off the port of Yokosuka. This particular incident is obviously minor and not really all that much of an accident as far as they go. However, this is just the latest in a whole list of mishaps the Navy has had in the last year.
Naval equipment – the ships – is not cheap, and while there is no overt sign of negligence on the part of command, all of the accidents in the last year are beginning to add up. Both the expense of repairing the damage, and the need for more competent crew members is now out in the open for all to see.
The question now is what the investigation will dig up and if this incident leads to changes that will prevent such occurrences in the future. It is inevitable the Navy and other branches of the Armed Forces will be doing exercises with their counterparts of our allies. It would be very nice if the American Navy would take extra precautions to keep from damaging state property of other countries. It is really only courteous.