Officials release new details about USS Porter

Posted at 1:45 PM, Aug 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-16 13:45:58-04

Officials have released new details about the USS Porter, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer that collided with a large Japanese owned merchant vessel on Sunday near the Strait of Hormuz.

They are now assessing the damage and it is being led by RDML David Gale, Commander Naval Regional Maintenance Center. A team is now on site in Jebel Ali and they are in the process of identifying the extent of the damage and what systems are impacted by the collision.

They say a team of divers inspected the USS Porter and they found no apparent structural damage below the waterline.


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Repair location options are now being evaluated.  Once they have determined the extent of the damage, they say they will work on a repair plan and they will determine a location.

Officials also say the ship structure on the starboard side of the ship and several piping systems were affected by the collision. 

The ship is still able to steam on its own power.  They are still determining its ability to complete deployment.