US Navy Ships Briefly Collide in Gulf of Aden

An SA-330J Puma helicopter transports cargo from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart to the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A US Navy spokesman says two of its supply ships briefly collided in the Gulf of Aden but that no one was injured.

The spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, says the USNS Amelia Earhart and the USNS Walter S. Diehl were involved in a minor collision during an exchange of goods early on Thursday.

Stephens, who spoke to The Associated Press over the phone, says the ships continued to operate with "relatively minor damage."

The two ships resupply U.S. Navy warships that conduct operations for the U.S. 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.

Naval "underway replenishments" typically involve ships coming within 100 to 150 feet, or 30 to 45 meters, of one another and ferrying dry goods across cables and fuel through hoses.

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