From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) – The Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005) ran aground off the East Coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 22, at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The vessel is located approximately 6 nautical miles off the coast of Uruma, Okinawa, Japan.
The U.S. Navy is working closely with Japanese authorities to assess the situation and determine the best course of action to refloat the vessel. Tugs are on scene stabilizing the vessel and assessing the situation. No leaks from the hull have been found and no damage to the surrounding area has been reported. There are currently 38 civilian crew members, along with 67 Army and 26 USMC personnel aboard. None are injured and the crew is currently still on board the ship.
For more news from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c7f/.
I caught a lot of fish off that baby out in Diego Garcia. We would troll over a 200 fathom sea mount and chaos would ensue when the mate got a reading on the fathometer. We had 6 fish on at one time and the biggest was a 40lb tuna (10 foot shark broke the line 1/2 way in) and some 15-20 lb wahoo. Many mahi-mahi and the freezer in the officers laundry was always full of freshly caught fillets. The mates were MMP at that time. Sorry to see her aground
A source tells gCaptain that one of Schuyler Line’s ship’s is on its way right now to lighter the ship. I assume it’s the SLNC PAX considering the fact she’s their only tanker and is south of Japan at the moment and steaming in a southerly direction.
[QUOTE=rob;152997]A source tells gCaptain that one of Schuyler Line’s ship’s is on its way right now to lighter the ship. I assume it’s the SLNC PAX considering the fact she’s their only tanker and is south of Japan at the moment and steaming in a southerly direction.[/QUOTE]
I wonder it taking the fuel oil off would be such a great idea? I’ve seen it when as soon as a vessel is pulled free, the lack of VCG causes them to heel over something awful. From the photos posted, she is obviously partially loaded with cargo so much the worse of taking all the weight away from the very bottom.