• Short Summary

    HELICOPTERS AND RESCUE VESSELS HAVE BEEN SCOURING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA FOR MORE THAN 50 UNITED STATES SAILORS MISSING FROM THE DESTROYER FRANK E.

  • Description

    HELICOPTERS AND RESCUE VESSELS HAVE BEEN SCOURING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA FOR MORE THAN 50 UNITED STATES SAILORS MISSING FROM THE DESTROYER FRANK E. EVANS AFTER A COLLISION YESTERDAY WITH THE AUSTRALIAN CARRIER MELBOURNE. THE TWO WARSHIPS HAD BEEN TAKING PART WITH VESSELS FROM SEVERAL NATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIAN TREATY ORGANISATION EXERCISES.

    THE MELBOURNE, FLAGSHIP OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY, AND THE FRANK E. EVANS, WERE IN A FORCE OF 40 SHIPS OF SIX NAVIES TAKING PART IN EXERCISES "SEA SPIRIT."
    THEY WERE OPERATING IN SEAS ROUND THE SOUTH COAST OF VIETNAM FROM MANILA IN THE PHILIPPINES TO BANGKOK IN THAILAND.

    THIS FILM OF THE VESSELS DURING REFUELLING OPERATIONS WAS TAKEN EARLIER IN THE EXERCISE.

    THE FRANK E. EVANS, WITH 273 CREW ABOARD, WAS SLICED IN TWO IN THE COLLISION. THE MISSING MEN WERE IN THE BOW SECTION, WHICH SANK IN A FEW MINUTES.

    IN 1964, THE MELBOURNE, 25,000 TONS, WAS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION WITH AUSTRALIAN DESTROYER VOYAGER OFF THE COAST OF NEW SOUTH WALES. THE VOYAGER SANK WITH THE LOSS OF 82 LIVES.

    EXERCISE "SEA SPIRIT" WAS CANCELLED AFTER THE COLLISION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8PZ1VV2CPE94LX10YXUMCHFF9
    Media URN:
    VLVA8PZ1VV2CPE94LX10YXUMCHFF9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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