USNS Robert E. Peary

Replenishment Gone Wrong: U.S. Navy Cruiser and MSC Dry Cargo Ship Collide Off U.S. East Coast

Mike Schuler
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February 6, 2019

The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) pulls alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) (not pictured) to conduct a replenishment at sea. U.S. Navy File Photo

A U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser and a Military Sealift Command dry cargo ship collided Tuesday during an underway replenishment off the coast of Florida, the U.S. Navy has confirmed.

The Navy said no personnel were injured when the USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) made contact.

Both ships were able to safely operate after the incident.

“The ships had been conducting a replenishment-at-sea when the sterns touched at approximately 4 p.m. Eastern Standard time,” the Navy said in a statement.

“U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Military Sealift Command will thoroughly investigate this incident,” the statement added.

Damage will be assessed when the ships arrive in port.

The ships were conducting operations in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

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