Four Truman sailors injured during refueling at sea
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Four sailors aboard the Harry S. Truman were injured Tuesday during the aircraft carrier's replenishment at sea.
Off the coast of Florida, a line parted during a refueling between the Norfolk-based Truman and the Military Sealift Command fleet oiler Patuxent, a news release from the Navy said. The Truman was conducting training operations.
Two of the injured sailors were flown to Jacksonville Naval Air Station for treatment. One was listed in stable condition, and the other was treated and released Tuesday evening, said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura, a spokesman for the Navy's Fleet Forces Command. Another sailor was to be flown to Norfolk Naval Station for evaluation, and the fourth sailor was treated onboard the Truman. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.
A safety investigation into the incident has begun.
The incident came days after two Norfolk-based vessels, the submarine Montpelier and the guided missile cruiser San Jacinto, collided during exercises Saturday as part of the Truman strike group.
The Navy said the submarine's nuclear reactor was unaffected by the collision and no personnel aboard either ship were injured. Both were able to reach port under their own power.