DESTROYER, CARRIER IN COLLISION
OFF SAN FRANCISCO
The aircraft carrier USS BENNINGTON and the destroyer USS EDWARDS collided Wednesday during refueling operations 175 miles off San Francisco, the Navy said today. There were no injuries.
Both vessels were damaged; the carrier slightly, the destroyer extensively, the Navy said.
The 40,000-ton BENNINGTON continued on with training operations. The USS EDWARDS was ordered to Long Beach, under her own power, for repairs.
The Navy said Wednesday's collision occurred when the USS EDWARDS "apparently lost steering control" as it refueled with the carrier. Its super structure smashed into the USS BENNINGTON's Number 3 elevator. The EDWARD's super structure was badly damaged and the flattop's elevator - for raising planes to the flight deck - was put out of commission.
This article retyped (by Joseph Pires) just as it appeared
on 11 August 1960
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