Ships That Collided During Refueling Will Be Assessed At NS Mayport
Two United States Navy ships collided on Tuesday during refueling and will receive a full assessment at Naval Station Mayport, according to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46.
The U.S. Navy said no injuries were reported but the collision did cause minor damage to the USS Leyte Gulf, a guided missile cruiser, and the USNS Robert Peary, a dry cargo ship.
Our News4Jax partner reports both ships were conducting a replenishment-at-sea off the coast of Virginia when the sterns touched around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
USNI News quoted anonymous sources saying the Peary suffered an 8-inch gash above the waterline while the cruiser reported minor damage to its flight deck netting and two dislodged lifeboats.
The vessels were able to safely operate after the collision and there were no reports of flooding, according to a release from the U.S. Navy.
The ships were conducting operations in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. Damage will be assessed when the ships pull into port.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Military Sealift Command will be investigating this incident.