A Danish training ship rammed the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul while docked in the inner harbor on Sunday morning, according to a US Navy statement.
No U.S. Navy personnel were injured and the Navy ship suffered no serious damage, a U.S. Navy spokesman said in a statement. The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul was moored on the port side of the west wall in the Inner Harbor at 11:17 a.m. Sunday when the Danmark crashed there during Maryland Fleet Week.
A representative from Sail Baltimore, which brings visiting ships to port to showcase different cultures and maritime history, referred questions about damage to Danmark to the US Navy.
The ships began arriving for Fleet Week Sept. 7, a week-long event that brings military ships from around the world to Baltimore, along with planes and other aircraft.
The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, also known as LCS 21, is a littoral combat ship, designed to fight in regions along a shoreline. The Freedom class of littoral combat ships were built by Lockheed Martin in Wisconsin.
Other ships in Baltimore Harbor for Fleet Week include the USS Carter Hall, USNS Newport, Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Moncton and United States Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, according to a US Navy press release. This is the third year Baltimore has hosted Fleet Week.
The Danmark, a three-masted sailboat, has a long history to visit Baltimore. The Danmark first arrived in New York for the World’s Fair before heading to Baltimore a month later, The Sun reported on October 21, 1939. Once docked in port, the ship was open to visitors Baltimore sightseers, including a group of Sea Girl Scouts, while Danish cadets gave tours.
Germany invaded Denmark while Danmark was in Florida, leaving the training ship stranded overseas. The ship’s captain turned it over to the United States for Coast Guard training during World War II.