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Canadian, US navy ships collide at sea

A Canadian navy frigate collided at sea with a US navy ship off the coast of Florida overnight during a routine refueling and re-supply mission, the Canadian military said Friday.

The Canadian frigate HMCS "Fredericton" docks in Mombasa harbor on January 2010. Maritime Forces Atlantic report that Fredericton sustained minor damage when it scraped the US Navy oiler USNS Kanawha off the east coast of Florida.

The 134-meter (439-feet) HMCS Fredericton collided with the slightly larger US replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha at about 6:30 pm local time (2230 GMT) Thursday, Major Paul Doucette told AFP.

"They were engaged in what's called a 'replenishment at sea' mission," he said. "Fredericton was in the process of being refueled by Kanawha while both were moving and they just bumped into each other," he said.

There were no injuries, he added. "But they'll both need to have some dents hammered out and scrapes buffed out."

Both ships are returning to port.

HMCS Fredericton with a complement of 225 sailors was last sent on a "counter-terrorism" mission off the coast of Somalia.

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