Australian personnel prepare to board a helicopter aboard Royal Australian Navy HMAS Melbourne (R-21) in the South China Sea.
South China Sea Date:1969, June 3 Duration:2 min 57 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. SEATO ships grouped out on calm waters. The flight deck of HMAS Melbourne in the foreground. Floating half of USS Frank E. Evans after collision. Small boats around section of USS Frank E. Evans. Portside of USS Everett F Larson (DD-830). Another ship in the background. USS James E. Kyes (DD-787) behind Larson. Australian personnel over the deck of HMAS Melbourne (R-21) look towards Evans. A helicopter on the flight deck. Personnel stand next to the helicopter and prepare to board it. Floating half of USS Frank E. Evans. U.S. Navy SH-3D Seaking helicopter in flight over water. A small craft and a destroyer in water.
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