Video: USCG's Mk 38 Cannon Sinks Japanese Ghost Ship


Japanese vessel sinks in Gulf of AK

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the video of the Coast Guard yesterday sinking a derelict Japanese fishing trawler that's been adrift since the tsunami that devastated Japan last year. The 164-foot long Ryou Un Maru was sitting in a Japanese port waiting to be scrapped last year when the tsunami pushed it out to sea. In the months since, the unmanned, unpowered ghost ship drifted to within 180 southwest of the Alaskan town of Sitka. Rather than letting the ship run aground closer to shore or risk a collision with other vessells the Coast Guard decided to sink her with the badass Mk 38 25 MM chain gun of an Island class cutter.

Click through the jump for the video.

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