Chinese fishing boat and destroyer collided in East China SeaChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 31, 2020
A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer was involved in a collision with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on March 30.
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The collision involving the destroyer Shimakaze occurred around 8:30 p.m. in international waters about 650 kilometers west of Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Defense Ministry said.
The Shimakaze was on patrol at the time.
The 150-meter-long destroyer sustained a 1-meter-long and 5-cm-wide gash in its port side about 5 meters above the water line.
It can accommodate a crew of up to 260 and is based at the MSDF’s Sasebo Naval Base in Nagasaki Prefecture. ■