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US Navy ship collides with tanker in Gulf

Fifth Fleet destroyer runs into Japanese oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz early Sunday morning

US Navy ship collides with tanker in Gulf
The USS Porter.

A US Navy ship collided with an oil tanker in Gulf
waters in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.

In a statement posted on its website, the Fifth Fleet said
the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter was involved in a collision with the
Japanese-owned merchant vessel M/V Otowasan near the Strait of Hormuz at
approximately 01:00am local time. No-one was injured.

The Fifth Fleet said overall damage to the USS Porter was
being evaluated, but the ship was still able to operate under its own power.
The incident is under investigation, the statement said.

Tensions have run high in Gulf waters this year. Earlier in
2012, Iran's government threatened to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a
key oil shipping route, following US and EU sanctions against the Islamic
Republic’s nuclear programme.

Last month, a US Navy ship opened fire on an Emirati fishing
vessel just off the coast of Dubai, killing one Indian national and injuring
three others.

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