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Sailors injured when drone hits Navy ship

SAN DIEGO – An aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck the San Diego-based USS Chancellorsville, which damaged the ship and left two sailors with minor burns, Navy officials said.

USS Chancellorville Damaged

The incident occurred at about 1:25 p.m. Saturday as the crew of the guided missile cruiser was conducting a radar tracking exercise during routine training off the Southern California coast, according to U.S. Third Fleet Deputy Public Affairs Officer Lt. Lenaya Rotklein.

The drone was being controlled remotely from Point Mugu at Naval Base Ventura County, according to Rotklein.

Two sailors were treated for minor burns, but no one was seriously injured, Rotklein said.

USS Chancellorville Damaged

According to Rotklein, the USS Chancellorsville, while it remained capable of operations, returned to its homeport in San Diego Sunday morning, a week earlier than scheduled, to have the damage assessed.  The crew was in “import operations” status.

Navy officials were looking into the cause of the drone malfunction, Rotklein said.


5 Comments to “Sailors injured when drone hits Navy ship”

    Guest said:
    November 18, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Who knows maybe next time a school or a church.

    Guest said:
    November 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Most all drones are not certified to fly in public airspace. Try learning facts rather than listening to propaganda.

    Pat McKemy said:
    November 19, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    These drones are too dangerous and the worst part is that they are unpredictable. One doesn't know where they would be hitting the next time and make massive destruction. Its so disgusting.

    Sunshine100 said:
    December 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Perhaps all drones should be grounded and inspected for mechanical problems before resuming flying.

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