Cruiser USS Antietam Runs Aground in Tokyo Bay, Spills Oil

US Navy cruiser damages propellers spills oil into Tokyo Bay

US Navy cruiser damages propellers spills oil into Tokyo Bay

The 567-foot USS Antietam was commissioned in 1987 and is part of the US Navy's permanent rotation of forces deployed in the Pacific.

The Ticonderoga-class vessel experienced an "engineering incident" while anchored near Fleet Activities Yokosuka around 8:56 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning by the U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii.

The Navy quickly deployed boomers, skimmers, floating barriers and absorbent padding and the slick has not strayed from the incident site, officials say. Antietam was unable to maneuver on its own and was brought back to into port with tugs.

The Navy is investigating the incident.

"There were no injuries to USA or Japanese personnel".

The following is the January 31, 2017 statement on Antietam's grounding.

In the statement, the Navy confirmed that the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) damaged its propellers while anchoring in Tokyo Bay in the vicinity of Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 31.

The Navy has launched and investigation to assess the full extent of the damage.

No crew members were injured but the accident spilled an estimated 1,100 gallons of hydraulic oil into the bay.

"The Navy is still working to determine the exact location that the spill took place and will take measures to minimize impacts to the environment as appropriate", Lt. Cmdr.