The USS McCampbell collided with the tanker late Saturday about 30 miles southeast of the Iraqi coastline. Two sailors and two crew members of the tanker were treated for minor injuries at the scene, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Leslie Hullryde said.Other reports suggest the damage to McCampbell was minimal:
No oil was spilled in the collision. Both ships suffered minor damage but were deemed seaworthy.
The oil tanker Rokya 1, flying the Kiribati flag, and the USS McCampbell collided at 11:09 p.m. on Saturday about 56 kilometers (30 nautical miles) southeast of the Iraqi coastline.30nm southeast of the Iraqi coastline is not far from the Iraqi oil platforms, so there's some speculation that the collision might not have been completely an accident.
Damage to the USS McCampbell was “cosmetic in nature,” she added, and would not affect the ships tour of duty in the region. Damge to the Rokya 1 was minor and limited to the bow area.
More to follow as it becomes available.
Update: I've heard nothing on this. Nada, zip, zilch, NOTHING. Which, in itself could be viewed as suspicious if you're conspiracy minded, because usually rumors are flying within a day. We shall see....