Two British warships collided in a harbour in Bahrain, resulting in damage to the vessels but no reported injuries, according to the Royal Navy.
A video posted on social media showed the HMS Chiddingfold reversing into the HMS Bangor while at a dock. Rear Admiral Edward Ahlgren stated, “Why this happened is still to be established.” He emphasised that despite rigorous training and enforcement of machinery safety standards, incidents of this nature can still occur.
An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the collision. Both minehunters, the HMS Chiddingfold and the HMS Bangor, have been stationed in the Middle East to assist in protecting merchant vessels.
It’s worth noting that the British military recently collaborated with the US in bombing over a dozen sites allegedly used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis’ persistent attacks on cargo vessels and warships in the Red Sea have disrupted global shipping, an attack they carry out in a show of support for the Palestinian struggle.