Two U.S. Navy ships collided off the coast of California.due to a steering malfunction during a refueling operation, damaging both vessels but causing no injuries the Navy said in a statement. The Navy identified the ships involved as the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship and the USNS Yukon a Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler based in San Diego. The USS Essex dubbed the Iron Gator was scheduled to return to San Diego after 12 year deployment in Sasebo, Japan. The Navy would investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.

iNews – AA 2002.

Twee Amerikaanse oorlogsschepen botsten tijdens het bunkeren tegen elkaar aan. De USS Essex die na 12 jaar dienst uit Sasebo, Japan terugkeerde vaarde langszij USNS Yukon toen het ongeluk zich voordeed. Volgens de amerikaanse marine had de USNS Yukon problemen met het roer. De aanvaring zal onderzocht worden.

Red.iNews – AA 2002.

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