US Navy cruiser, dry cargo ship collide during replenishment at sea maneuver

Illustration: Dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) during a RAS maneuver with destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) in 2017. Photo: US Navy

A Ticonderoga–class guided-missile cruiser collided with a Military Sealift Command-operated cargo ship during an underway replenishment off the southeastern coast of the United States, Feb. 5, the US Navy said.

Cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) were able to safely operate after the incident and no one was injured in the incident, according to the navy.

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

Both ships were operating together with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Military Sealift Command will thoroughly investigate this incident.

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