US Navy’s 19K-ton cargo ship runs aground in Bahrain
USNS Alan Shepard, a 19,000-ton cargo ship, ran aground over the weekend in Bahrain, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Navy.
USNS Alan Shepard “ran aground while moving under its own propulsion from ASRY shipyard in Al Hidd to a pier at Khalifa Bin Salman Port,” said U.S. 5th Fleet spokesperson Cmdr. Tim Hawkins.
“With the help of tugboats, Alan Shepard maneuvered under its own power this morning at high tide and is safely moored in Bahrain,” he said. We are investigating the circumstances of the grounding, but no personnel were injured.
There were approximately 85 crew members on board the ship when it ran aground.
Naval Vessel Register records that the vessel was commissioned in 2007 and transports dry cargo and ammunition.
According to Stars and Stripes, the USS Antietam ran aground in Tokyo Bay in 2017, spilling around 1,100 gallons of hydraulic fluid.
According to the website, a Navy investigation found that the former commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer was “ultimately responsible” for the mishap.
The Navy investigation found that Capt. Joseph Carrigan’s “judgment and decision-making, including his actions that distracted or rushed the bridge team,” were primarily to blame for the incident.
Two U.S. warships made an evasive maneuver in San Diego Bay to avoid colliding in late 2022.
Video released of that incident captured the moment the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen approached the dock landing ship USS Harper’s Ferry. USS Momsen, which measures 544 feet in length, made a hard left turn to avoid the larger USS Harper’s Ferry, which measures 610 feet.
No crew members on either ship were injured or involved in any incidents as they slipped past one another. A narrow section of the channel between Naval Base Point Loma and Naval Air Station North was where the near-collision occurred.