Accidents sometimes occur on sea lanes. According to the US Navy website, the USS Porter missile destroyer crashed into a Japanese tanker Otowasan near the Strait of Hormuz.
Where exactly it happened is not specified. The ships collided around 13: 00 local time. Who was to blame for the incident is also unknown, but the US Navy assured that "the collision was not fighting." However, one can hardly imagine that the tanker Otowasan, which was flying under the Panamanian flag, could be attacked by an American destroyer armed to the teeth.
According to the military, no one was injured in the incident. The destroyer received damage, the nature of which is being specified, but the Navy assured that the USS Porter is able to move independently. A warship performs tasks in the area of responsibility of the Fifth fleet US Navy, whose command is in Bahrain.
As noted by Haaretz, the result of the collision is likely to be the removal of the destroyer captain from the post with the phrase "due to the inability to command." This practice is common in the US Navy.
Through the Strait of Hormuz is up to 35% of world oil transportation. Iran and the United States are fighting for control of this bottleneck (the strait is rather narrow). The north coast of the strait is controlled by Iran, and the southern coast is controlled by the allied states of the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Iran has repeatedly threatened to cut off navigation in the strait in response to the tightening of sanctions against it, and the command of the Fifth Fleet has assured that it will not allow this and will apply in this case all the forces and means.