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Two Canadian warships collide during exercise manoeuvres


 

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Two Canadian warships are returning to port in Esquimalt, B.C. after colliding during manoeuvres while en route to Hawaii.

No one was hurt, but a Defence Department statement says HMCS Algonquin sustained significant damage to her port side hangar while HMCS Protecteur sustained damage of a lesser degree to her bow.

The statement says the ships were conducting towing exercises, which require close-quarters manoeuvring, when the collision occurred late Friday morning.

The ships are expected to return to Esquimalt harbour this afternoon.

Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, said a Royal Canadian Navy Board of Inquiry would be convened to fully investigate the incident.

The Navy says that while the full impact on the ships’ future sailing schedules has yet to be determined, HMCS Algonquin will no longer deploy to Asia Pacific region as planned.


 
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Two Canadian warships collide during exercise manoeuvres

  1. I’m not surprised. It’s not like the Pacific Ocean is one of the larger oceans.

    • “The statement says the ships were conducting towing exercises, which require close-quarters manoeuvring, when the collision occurred late Friday morning.”

      Anything else to say?

      • If one ship becomes disabled and the other ship has to take it in tow. During a Tow Ex, one ship stops and the other comes close alongside to shoot a line across that is then pulled in in ever increasing thicknesses until you have a full hawser attached from the stern of the towing ship to the bow of the towed ship. Depending on the sea conditions, ships can be bouncing like corks during the approach phase and the waves push one ship into the other. It’s still practiced, but not as often as it used to be.

  2. Reads like an episode of the Stooges at sea —

  3. On the Need to know headline: Should read Canadian Armed Forces.
    The name Canadian Forces has been happily dropped. : )

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