Navy investigating warship exercise
Aug 31, 2013 / 6:13 pm
The Royal Canadian Navy says it will conduct two separate reviews as it attempts to determine why a routine training exercise between two warships on the Pacific went "dramatically wrong," as well as to assess the extent of the damage and the impact the incident will have on its operations.
HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur collided Friday afternoon during a towing exercise they were conducting while en route to Hawaii, the navy said.
Algonquin bore the brunt of the damage, with photos showing a large gash in the hangar along the port, or left, side of the ship. Protecteur fared better, but was also damaged on its front end.
Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, the commander of the navy's Pacific fleet, said the ships were conducting a towing exercise in which Algonquin was to tow Protecteur.
"To be very upfront and candid, something went dramatically wrong, and that's a bit of an understatement," Auchterlonie said in an interview Saturday.
"The ships were conducting a towing exercise, which was a normal part of our routine operations and normal business at sea. ... There is an inherent risk of ships operating together at sea in close proximity, but this sort of incident, I've not come across in my career."
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