USS Leyte Gulf Back At Sea After Repairs from Minor Collision

February 14, 2019 5:14 PM
Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) man the rails as the ship gets underway in 2018. US Navy Photo

The guided-missile cruiser that was involved in a minor collision with a resupply ship on Feb. 5 has left port after repairs and will shortly resume training with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, USNI News has learned.

USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) departed Naval Station Mayport, Fla. on Thursday to rejoin the strike group nine days after its stern brushed against supply ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) during an underway replenishment.

“While in port, Leyte Gulf conducted damage assessment and completed all necessary repairs, U.S. Fleet Forces spokesman Capt. Scott Miller told USNI News in a statement. “Leadership dedicated time to ensure investigations and crew assessments were conducted, to include reviewing the crew’s processes and training. Leadership determined the ship and crew were ready to rejoin the strike group.”

There was no injuries and gashes that ranged from six to eight in the side of Leyte Gulf were repaired when the ship was pier-side in Mayport. Peary returned to Virginia.

Peary and Leyte Gulf were performing a complicated CORPEN NOVEMBER turn during the underway replenishment when the collision occurred. Underway resupplies are among the most complex and dangerous maneuvers performed by warships with ships operating as close as 150 feet from each other.

The two ships were training with the Lincoln CSG as part of its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) that began on Jan. 24. The complex, multi-ship exercise lasts weeks and is a final qualification before the CSG leaves for deployment later this year.

USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5), center, conducts a dual replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and the amphibious landing dock ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) on Feb. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

The following is the complete statement from U.S. Fleet Forces.

USS Leyte Gulf (CG55) was assessed as ready to return to sea and departed Mayport, FL, today, rejoining the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to complete COMPTUEX. While in port, Leyte Gulf conducted damage assessment and completed all necessary repairs. Leadership dedicated time to ensure investigations and crew assessments were conducted, to include reviewing the crew’s processes and training. Leadership determined the ship and crew were ready to rejoin the strike group.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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