The US warship USS Lake Champlain collided with South Korean fishing boat during a naval training mission in Sea of Japan. The accident occurred on 70 nautical miles east off Gyeongbuk Province in South Korea. During the collision there were no reported injuries and no water pollution. The root cause of the accident is unclear and under investigation, but probably happened due to human mistake. According to South Korean media, the fishing vessel suddenly changed the course toward the warship, which at that time was involved in naval training mission with other vessels. Fortunately the collision was board to board and both vessels remained afloat.
The accident was reported to local authorities. There are no injured people and no water pollution.
The warship USS Lake Champlain was in the area for joint naval exercises of South Korea and the United States. The training aims to improve the presentation of naval forces of both countries near the aggressive neighbor North Korea, which conducted a series of missile tests and threatens the peace in the region
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) is a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the United States Navy. The vessel Lake Champlain was laid down 3 March 1986 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, launched 3 April 1987 and commissioned 12 August 1988 at Intrepid Pier at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.