Australian utility boat brings survivors of USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) to a U.S. carrier in the South China Sea.
South China Sea Date:1969, October 8 Duration:4 min 43 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. HMAS Melbourne (R-21) rests on water. Two utility boats pull away from HMAS Melbourne. Forward section of HMAS Melbourne showing damage to the bow caused in the collision. Crewmen on the weather deck of a ship look towards HMAS Melbourne. A crewman up in a crane on a board ship. A crane hook swings in the air over a utility boat in skids on deck and is attached to slings. Five crewmen in the boat. Part of carrier superstructure seen in the background. A man signals on the deck of the ship. The boat is lowered in water. Australian utility boat approaches with survivors from USS Frank E. Evans aboard. Personnel on the sponsor deck of the ship watch. The boat approaches the ship's gangway. Men disembark from the boat onto the gangway and move up. The utility boat approaches the gangway of the ship. Men walk up the gangway. A U.S. Navy boat underway.
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