The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) collided with the Japanese-owned, Panamanian-flagged very large crude carrier (VLCC) M/V Otowasan early Sunday morning near the Strait of Hormuz. A hole approximately 12 feet by 10 feet was ripped in the destroyer’s side. No one has been reported as being hurt in the collision.
Porter sailed to Jebel Ali, UAE and is now pierside for assessment and repair. The U.S. Navy has begun an investigation.
Porter, an Arleigh Burke class Flight II destroyer, was on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
Porter is 505 feet long and displaces about 8,900 tons full load. The VLCC Otowasan is more than 1,092 feet long, and can carry 302,477 deadweight tons, although according to reports Otowasan was empty at the time of the collision.
On Aug. 30, the captain of the USS Porter, Cmdr. Martin Arriola, was relieved of his command by Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT). Thomas cited a loss of confidence in Arriola in the wake of the USS Porter‘s collision with a Japanese oil tanker. The USS Porter will now be skippered by Cmdr. Dave Richardson, the former executive officer of USS McFaul (DDG 74). Arriola’s removal comes in the midst of a COMNAVSURFLANT investigation and while repairs to the Porter are being conducted in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.