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US Navy ship collides with South Korean fishing boat

US Navy ship collides with South Korean fishing boat”

A South Korean fishing boat collided with cruiser Lake Champlain during reduced visibility in the Sea of Japan midday Tuesday, Navy officials said.

USS Carl Vinson Strike Group deployed in January to take part in an operational construct that hasn't been carried out by the U.S. Navy since World War II.

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No injuries were reported and damage assessments for both ships are underway, according to a Navy press release. The USS Lake Champlain was conducting routine operations in worldwide waters.

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea.

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But there was no report of any casualties from the accident involving the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, he added.

In an April 18 statement, the Carl Vinson CSG commander, Rear Admiral Jim Kilby, said that the deployment of the group has been extended by 30 days to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula. Lake Champlain is part of the Carl Vinson carrier strike group, which is paroling the waters off North Korea as part of a presence mission aimed at deterring North Korea's accelerated missile and nuclear programs, which threaten the US and its key allies in the region. "South Korean military drill".

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