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Norfolk-based Navy ships involved in minor wreck off coast of Florida

The guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf departs Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. 2, 2018.

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By COURTNEY MABEUS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: February 5, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Two Norfolk-based Navy ship were damaged Tuesday afternoon when they collided during a replenishment-at-sea, U.S. Fleet Forces Command said.

No one was injured. The Norfolk-based guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and USNS Robert E. Peary, a dry cargo ship operated by Military Sealift Command, were operating with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group off the southeastern coast when their sterns touched during the replenishment around 4 p.m.

The ships were able to operate safely will be assessed for damage in port. The incident was first reported by the U.S. Naval Institute News, which described damage to the cargo ship as an 8-inch gap above the waterline. The Leyte Gulf had minor damage to flight-deck netting.

The Lincoln strike group has been operating in advance of a deployment that will bring shift the aircraft carrier's homeport from Norfolk to San Diego, part of a three-carrier swap that will send thousands of sailors, spouses, kids, pets and cars across the country.

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