Investigations are currently underway to determine the cause and details surrounding the grounding of the 19,000-ton naval ship, USNS Alan Shepard, in Bahrain.
USNS Alan Shepard, a dry cargo ship of the Lewis and Clark class, encountered grounding while in transit from Al Hidd shipyard to the Khalifa bin Salman Port on Saturday, July 15th.
Despite having 85 personnel on board, no injuries were reported during the grounding incident, according to a statement by a spokesperson from the 5th Fleet.
The US Navy successfully refloated the Alan Shepard on Sunday using tugboats, after which it was anchored near the Khalifa bin Salman port.
The extent of the ship's damage is currently being analyzed by the 5th Fleet.
The USNS Alan Shepard was commissioned in 2007, primarily serves as a cargo ship for ammunition resupplying purposes for ships at sea.
In 2017, the USS Antietam, a guided-missile cruiser, ran aground near Yokosuka Naval Base, resulting in propeller damage and a spill of 1100 gallons of fuel. The ship's captain was held accountable.
Near collisions between ships in bays and ports have also been documented in addition to grounding incidents.