Canadian, US Ship Have Minor Collision at Sea

Story Number: NNS101119-13Release Date: 11/19/2010 3:57:00 PM
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From Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- While preparing to conduct a routine replenishment at sea (RAS), the Canadian Patrol Frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) had a minor collision on Nov. 18 during the early evening off the east coast of Florida.

No personnel were injured and damage has been assessed as minor, with scrapes and dents on both hulls where the contact was made. The ships did not have any fuel hoses or supply lines connected at the time of the incident.

Both ships were involved with a Canadian Navy-led Task Group exercise that is taking place off the East Coast of Canada and the United States for most of November.

Replenishments at sea involve one ship taking on fuel and other supplies from another while both ships are underway side-by-side.

Details of the incident are just becoming available at this time, and the cause of the incident will be investigated.

Fredericton is expected to go into port Nov 19, which was part of the ship's original schedule. Kanawha is returning to Norfolk Nov. 20 for further inspection.

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The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 195) positions itself for a replenishment operation with the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USNS Kanawha (T-AO 195).
June 9, 2009
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