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Four Sailors Injured During Aircraft Carrier Refueling

USS Harry S. Truman
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Above: USS Harry S. Truman

Four sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman were injured today while their ship was being refueled off the coast of Florida.

The incident took place, according to the Navy, when a line parted as the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent was refueling the Truman. The Truman is currently conducting training exercises at sea.

The Navy reports none of the sailors suffered life-threatening injuries:

Two of the injured sailors were flown via Navy helicopter to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and will receive follow-up care at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

One Sailor will be flown via C-2 Greyhound to Naval Station Norfolk for further evaluation later today. One Sailor was treated on board.

The Navy is conducting a safety investigation into the accident.

The USS Truman is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Avatar for user 'Becalmed'

Becalmed | October 17, 2012 at 12:55 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

U.S. aircraft carriers are nuclear powered and cannot be refueled at sea, especially with fuel oil.

They must have been loading food or other supplies.

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howler1968 | February 27, 2013 at 8:35 p.m. ― 4 years ago

The ship may be nukey driven but all the aircraft and flightdeck self-propelled equip and captain's launch still swallow a petroleum-based brew.....kerosene mostly (JP-4 & JP-5 and AV gas from my era).That's why it's called an aircraft CARRIER.

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