USS Lake Champlain Collision at Sea

170503-N-GD109-125 WESTERN PACIFIC (May 3, 2017) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), center, the Republic of Korea destroyers Sejong the Great (DDG 991), left, and Yang Manchun (DDH 973), right, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) transit the Western Pacific. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released)

May 9, 2017 –  South Korean fishing vessel collided with USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) while the guided-missile cruiser was conducting routine operations in international waters.

No one was injured when the fishing vessel collided with Lake Champlain’s port side, amid ship, at approximately 11:50 a.m. (+9I), May 9.

Both ships were able to navigate under their own power.

The incident is under investigation by both U.S. Navy and South Korea Coast Guard. Damage assessments of both the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser and the 60-70 foot long fishing vessel are underway.

Lake Champlain is part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group which is currently on a Western-Pacific Deployment.