USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak Runs Aground off Okinawa

The Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak ran aground off the East Coast of Okinawa, Japan Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The vessel is located approximately six nautical miles of 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. None of the ship’s 127 crew civilian members were injured in the grounding, and the crew is currently still on board the ship.

Press release, Image: US Marine Corps

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