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Four Sailors Injured During Replenishment at Sea

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121016-10
10/16/2012

From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Four Sailors were injured Oct. 16 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) when a line parted during a refueling at sea between Truman and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) off the coast of Florida.

Two of the injured Sailors were flown via Navy helicopter to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and will receive follow-up care at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

One Sailor will be flown via C-2 Greyhound to Naval Station Norfolk for further evaluation later today. One Sailor was treated on board. All injuries are non-life threatening.

A safety investigation into the incident has begun.

Truman is underway conducting training operations.

Navy ships conduct underway replenishments as a way to maintain fuel, munitions and stores during prolonged time at sea.




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