Posted: May 16, 2012 6:00 PM by Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) - An 844-foot-long U.S. Navy vessel collided with a refueling tanker Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean, causing damage to both ships.
There were no injuries or fuel spills.
The midmorning accident between the amphibious assault ship USS Essex and the oiler USNS Yukon occurred about 120 miles off the coast of Southern California as the Essex was approaching the Yukon to get in position to be refueled.
Navy officials say there apparently was a steering malfunction on the Essex, which was carrying 982 crew members on its way to San Diego for scheduled maintenance
Both ships were able to continue toward San Diego despite the damage.
The Yukon arrived at the Navy base in San Diego Wednesday afternoon.
The Essex is expected to arrive Thursday morning.
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