Merchant Vessel, U.S. Navy Ship Collide in Persian Gulf

Story Number: NNS060326-01Release Date: 3/26/2006 12:13:00 AM
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

NORTH PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- The Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel M/V Rokya 1 and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) collided at 11:09 p.m., local time, March 25, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Iraqi coastline in the North Persian Gulf.

Two U.S. Sailors received minor injuries as a result of the collision. Two crew members from Rokya 1 also received minor injuries and were treated on-scene by McCampbell's independent duty corpsman.

Rokya 1 and McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, both received damage on the bow and are deemed seaworthy. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

McCampbell, homeported in San Diego and currently on a routine six-month deployment, is one of several coalition assets conducting maritime security operations under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 58. CTF 58 is responsible for the security of the Al Basra and Khawr Al Amaya Iraqi oil terminals, which are the main sources of revenue for the Iraqi reconstruction effort.

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The guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) prepares to go alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to conduct a fueling at sea.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of the Arleigh Burke-class, Flight IIA guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85). McCampbell is homeported in San Diego, Calif., and was commissioned in August 2002. She carries a typical crew of 23 officers and 300 enlisted. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Konstandinos Goumenidis (RELEASED)
July 27, 2005
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