Extensive damage to the bow of HMAS Melbourne (R-21) after colliding with USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) in the South China Sea.
South China Sea Date:1969, June 3 Duration:1 min 24 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. Australian personnel on the sponsor deck of HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne shows a scratch along its side. A deep gash in the bow of the ship due to collision. Additional damage to overhang along port bow area. Australian personnel seen through the deep gash. A diver jumps into water with scuba tanks on his back. Divers in a small boat alongside HMAS Melbourne. The divers being helped aboard the small boat. A view around bow shows extensive damage.
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