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US military ship collides with Japanese boat near naval base

A US military ship had a minor collision with a small boat Sunday near the US naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture of east Japan, local media reported.

The military ship, believed to be the 9,217-ton Aegis destroyer Lassen, hit the 14-ton boat, which was at anchor carrying four men fishing. No one was injured in the accident which occurred at 12:25 pm, Kyodo news quoted Coast Guard officials as saying.

None of the four men fell off the boat after the collision and the US military ship entered the port afterward, the officials said.

The Lassen belongs to the US naval base in Yokosuka.


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