No One Injured as USS Essex, USNS Yukon Collide at Sea


Story Number: NNS120516-16Release Date: 5/16/2012 5:05:00 PM
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From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- At approximately 9:20 a.m. PST, USS Essex (LHD 2) collided with USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) during an approach for a routine underway replenishment approximately 120 miles off the coast of Southern California due to an apparent steering malfunction aboard Essex.

While both ships reported some damage, no one was injured, there was no fuel spilled and the ships' fuel tanks and systems were not compromised.

The Navy will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the collision, and a full assessment of any damage is ongoing.

Essex is scheduled to return to San Diego May 17 after completing 12 years as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in Sasebo, Japan. The crew of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) took over Essex April 23, during a planned hull swap. USNS Yukon is a Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler operating out of San Diego.

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For more news from Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/c3f/.

STORY COMMENTS1 COMMENT
5/16/2012 9:03:00 PM
Ships can be repaired. human lives cannot. At least nobody was hurt or worse killed in this incident.

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