NORFOLK, Va. — A U.S. Navy missile struck a loaded oil tanker on Tuesday, causing a small fire but no injuries, the Navy said.
The Sidewinder air-to-air missile, fired from an F-14 jet as part of Navy exercises, left a 2 1/2-foot hole in the superstructure of the Western Sun, which was cruising in the Atlantic 60 miles east of Norfolk, Lt. Cmdr. Bill Sonntag said in a statement.
The 30,000-ton Sun Oil Co. tanker, which left Marcus Hook, Pa., early Tuesday, resumed its trip to Nederland, Tex., after the fire was extinguished with the help of two Navy ships. None of the cargo was reported to have leaked. The Navy provided no more information about the tanker.
No Spills Found
A Coast Guard aircraft scanned the area for pollution but did not find any debris or spills, said Coast Guard Lt. Peter Virok.