U.S. Ships Collide in Gulf, Support Ship Damaged
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) _ A U.S. aircraft carrier collided with a support ship in the Persian Gulf today, damaging the smaller ship and injuring a crewman.
Both ships were still operating under their own power, but the support ship USS Sacramento was returning to port to evaluate the damage, said Cmdr. T. McCreary, a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, based in the Gulf.
A crewman aboard the Sacramento suffered slight injuries, McCreary said. He did not identify the crewman or provide other details.
The nuclear-powered USS Abraham Lincoln had entered the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday. The collision occurred today while the two ships were transferring parts and fuel.
The Navy did not specify the exact locations of its vessels.
The Abraham Lincoln will continue with its scheduled mission, McCreary said. An investigation was under way to determine the cause of the accident, he said.
The Abraham Lincoln is based at Alameda, Calif. The Sacramento’s home port is Bremerton, Wash.