Danish sailing ship hits littoral combat ship in Baltimore Harbor

(BALTIMORE) — A Danish training ship hit one of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships (LCS) in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Sunday, USNI News reported.

The Royal Danish Navy’s Danmark hit USS Minneapolis-St. Paul while the Freedom-class LCS was moored at the Baltimore pier for Fleet Week. No U.S. sailors were injured during the incident, according to the Navy.

Video of the incident posted on Twitter shows the jibboom of the sailing vessel crunching into the bow of the LCS.

A screenshot from video shows the Danish training ship Danmark hitting USS Minneapolis-St. Paul on Sunday in Baltimore. Twitter photo

“No U.S. Navy personnel were injured and no serious damage sustained on board USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (LCS 21) when the Danish training ship Danmark made contact with the moored LCS while the Danish ship was getting underway from the Baltimore Inner Harbor,” said a spokesman for the Navy. “The ships were in port taking part in what has been a fantastic week in Baltimore for Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover Baltimore.”

Maryland Fleet Week started on Sept. 7 and continued through Sept. 13, the Navy said in a news release. Dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), expeditionary fast transport USNS Newport (T-EPF 12) and Royal Canadian Navy coastal defense ship HMCS Moncton (M 708) are also in Baltimore for the event.

Danmark first stopped in Baltimore in 1939, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun. The ship was still visiting the United States when Nazi Germany attacked Denmark in World War II, requiring Danmark to remain in the U.S.

By Rich Miller