The nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower collided with a Spanish coal freighter off the Virginia coast Monday. Damage was minimal and no injuries were reported, officials said.

The Eisenhower, returning from a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean with about 5,000 crew members, ran into the Urduliz about 8 a.m. as it was anchored near the Hampton Roads bridge-tunnel.The Virginia Pilots Association said the freighter, which was struck above the waterline near the forecastle, was scheduled to receive a load of coal Monday.

A Navy spokesman described the incident as a "minor collision" and said the carrier suffered only "superficial damage." No details were available on damage to the merchant vessel, but it was not believed to be extensive.