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Drone Crashes Into U.S. Navy Ship During Training

Published Nov 18, 2013 8:33 AM by The Maritime Executive

An aerial target drone malfunctioned and crashed into a United States Navy ship off the coast of southern California on Saturday, leaving two sailors with minor burns, a Navy spokeswoman said.

Two Navy ships were involved in radar tracking exercise as part of a routine training exercise at sea on Saturday afternoon when the drone malfunctioned and collided with the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, the spokeswoman said on Sunday.

"No person was seriously injured," according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Third Fleet. About 300 people were aboard the ship at the time, she said. 

The ship remains capable of operations, however it did sustain some damage and will return to its homeport of San Diego to have the damage assessed. The Navy is investigating the cause of the malfunction.