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Four Injured in Collision of U.S. Navy Ship with Philippine Freighter

December 11, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ Four sailors aboard the U.S. Navy frigate USS Lockwood were injured Tuesday when it collided with a Philippine-registered freighter, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Ed Evans said three men aboard the Lockwood sprained their backs, and one broke his ankle. He said they were taken to the Yokosuka Naval Hospital, but said their names were not available.

He said there were no reports of injuries aboard the freighter, the Santo Nino.

Evans said both ships were damaged in the collision, which occurred at 7:26 p.m. about 1,100 yards off a breakwater outside Yokosuka harbor, 28 miles southwest of Tokyo.

A U.S. military statement said the Lockwood, commanded by Cmdr. Warren P. Hudson, was hit on the right side, in front of the bridge. Damage included a hole 15 feet wide and 12 feet deep, running 25 feet down the side.

Evans said the Lockwood ″suffered some flooding and damage to shipboard equipment,″ while the freighter damaged its bow above the water line.

The collision is under investigation and no further details were available, Evans said.

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