UPDATED: U.S. Guided-Missile Cruiser, Navy Supply Ship Involved in Minor Collision Off of Florida

UPDATED: U.S. Guided-Missile Cruiser, Navy Supply Ship Involved in Minor Collision Off of Florida

Feb. 5, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A U.S. guided-missile cruiser and Navy resupply ship have collided off the coast of Florida during a training exercise on Tuesday, USNI News has learned.

USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) and a Navy replenishment ship collided during a training exercise as part of a pre-deployment workup. There are no casualties and only minor damage above the waterline to both ships, three sources familiar with the collision told USNI News. There was no water penetrating the hull of either ship. A Navy official told USNI News that the supply ship suffered an 8-inch gash above the waterline and Leyte Gulf suffered minor damage to flight-deck netting.

The ships were operating with aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of a training exercise when the collision occurred, USNI News has learned.

“No personnel were injured when a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser and dry cargo ship made contact during an underway replenishment off the southeastern coast of the United States, Feb. 5,” U.S. Fleet Forces Command said in a statement to USNI News.

“USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) were able to safely operate after the incident. Damage will be assessed when the ships pull into port.”

The ships are expected to rejoin the exercise next week, a Navy official told USNI News.

The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been operating off the East Coast of the U.S. since Jan. 25 as part of its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). This is the final exercise and certification event ahead of the deployment, and it is meant to show the entire group – the carrier, the air wing, the destroyer squadron and the cruiser – can come together and successfully execute the range of missions they could be asked to conduct during a deployment. The COMPTUEX was expected to last several weeks, and the strike group will likely deploy in the late March or early April timeframe.

Tuesday’s incident is much less severe than a spate of ship collisions in 2017 in the Western Pacific – two fatal and two non-fatal – that resulted in the combined deaths of 17 sailors.

Following two reviews into the collisions, the Navy has been on a campaign to improve the safety and performance of its surface fleet.

The following is the complete Feb. 5, 2019 statement from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

No Injuries as Two U.S. Navy Vessels Involved in Minor Mishap Off East Coast

NORFOLK, Va. – No personnel were injured when a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser and dry cargo ship made contact during an underway replenishment off the southeastern coast of the United States, Feb. 5.

USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) were able to safely operate after the incident. Damage will be assessed when the ships pull into port.

The ships had been conducting a replenishment-at-sea when the sterns touched at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight time.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Military Sealift Command will thoroughly investigate this incident. The ships were conducting operations in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

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