Japanese destroyer, Chinese boat collide

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer JS Shimakaze (DDG-172) and a Chinese fishing boat had a collision accident in East China Sea, approximately 650 km west of Yakushima night of March 30.

This was confirmed by Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono in a Twitter post March 31.

He noted that a 1m×20cm hole was opened 5m above the waterline of JS Shimakaze.

“No personnel were injured and no one from the Chinese fishing boat was missing,” the Japanese minister added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said during March 31 press briefing that “according to competent department, there was a collision around 19:30 yesterday in the East China Sea, east of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, involving a Chinese fishing boat and a Japanese SDF vessel. The collision damaged the Chinese fishing boat and caused lower back injury in one fisherman.”

“The cause of the collision is under investigation,” the Chinese spokesperson said. “I want to point out that the collision occurred in the coastal waters of China. The Chinese side has expressed concern to the Japanese side over the Japanese SDF warship sailing in the relevant waters and endangering the safety of the Chinese vessel.”