2012-08-14 Apparently it is not just mines which are a problem in the Straits. Reminds one of those great Roman legion movies we saw when we were kids: “Ramming Speed, Centurion.”
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Porter suffered significant damage after colliding with an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday.
The USS Porter was passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf.
The Japanese-owned, Panamanian flagged tanker M/V Otowasan was coming the other way, just entering the Strait of Hormuz, and the two crashed into one another.
The shipping lanes are very narrow, about two miles wide in each lane. The crash left a hole in the side of the destroyer but no injuries were reported.
The damage is all above the water-line, so there is no danger that the ship will sink, but likely sustained water damage because the fire control system would have activated.
The USS Porter is headed to a port a called Jebel Ali in the UAE.