Missile cruiser USS LEYTE GULF and Navy supply vessel ROBERT E. PEARY experienced contact during replenishment operation in the Atlantic off the southeastern coast of the U.S. at around 1600 LT Feb 5, the Navy announced Tuesday. The ships were operating with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. Both ships sustained slight damages – “ROBERT E. PEARY suffered an 8-inch gash above the waterline while the cruiser reported minor damage to its flight deck netting, plus two dislodged lifeboats”. Both ships are now headed into port at Norfolk to assess damage, according to the press release.
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS LEYTE GULF, displacement 9800 tons, commissioned 1986, armament missiles, guns, 2 helicopters.
Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition vessel ROBERT E. PEARY, IMO 9319806, GT 43758, built 2008, US Navy.