Life rafts are hoisted aboard Royal Australian Navy HMAS Melbourne (R-21) in the South China Sea.
South China Sea Date:1969, June 3 Duration:2 min 54 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A collision between Royal Australian Navy HMAS Melbourne (R-21) and destroyer USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) while taking part in SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization) exercise in the South China Sea. A launch coming up alongside a ship tows a covered raft. Survivors in the launch. The covered raft is tied to the launch with launch up to the gangway of HMAS Melbourne (R-21). The launch and a life raft alongside. Australian personnel fold a raft after deflating it. Another raft being raised and hoisted out of water. The raft is placed on a deck. Australian crew stands around. Several of the Australian crew on the flight deck look down over the side. Debris from USS Frank E. Evans on the deck. Australian personnel work with covered gear on the flight deck. They carry wreckage across the flight deck. The personnel use push brooms and sweep the deck.
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