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Cruiser USS Antietam Runs Aground in Tokyo Bay, Spills Oil

USS Antietam (CG-54) underway on March 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Antietam (CG-54) underway on March 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) ran aground on Tuesday in Tokyo Bay resulting in an oil spill, two Navy officials confirmed USNI News.

The ship – part of the Navy’s forward deployed forces – was in the process of anchoring in the bay when it ran aground and damaged its props. Antietam was unable to maneuver on its own and was brought back to into port with tugs.

“There were no injuries to U.S. or Japanese personnel. The incident did result in the discharge of hydraulic oil into the water,” read a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet provided to USNI News.

One official told USNI News that the cruiser lost hundreds of gallons of oil.

“The Navy is cooperating with the Government of Japan and Japanese Coast Guard in response to this issue and is taking appropriate measures to minimize impacts to the environment,” read the statement.

The Navy is investigating the incident.

The following is the Jan. 31, 2017 statement on
Antietam’s grounding.

USS Antietam Damaged During Anchoring

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – On January 31 Japan time, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Antietam (CG 54), damaged the ship’s propellers while anchoring in Tokyo Bay. An investigation is underway to assess the full extent of the damage.

The ship safely returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka with the help of tugs. There were no injuries to U.S. or Japanese personnel. The incident did result in the discharge of hydraulic oil into the water.

The Navy is cooperating with the Government of Japan and Japanese Coast Guard in response to this issue and is taking appropriate measures to minimize impacts to the environment.

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Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.