USNS Kocak Grounded Near Okinawa, Japan


Story Number: NNS150122-01Release Date: 1/22/2015 4:11:00 AM
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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/.

 
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An undated file photo of the Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005).
150122-N-ZZ999-110 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan. 22, 2014) An undated file photo of the Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005). The ship 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 off Uruma, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)
January 22, 2015
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