Navy cruiser in port after drone-training mishap

by The Associated Press
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Unmanned aircraft operated by US Air Force and US Navy similar to one that struck guided missile cruiser. (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Navy guided missile cruiser hit by a malfunctioning drone during a training exercise is back in San Diego, where investigators will assess the damage and determine what went wrong.

Two sailors were treated for minor burns after the USS Chancellorsville was struck by the drone during radar testing Saturday afternoon, off Point Mugu in Southern California.

Lt. Lenaya (luh-NEY-yah) Rotklein of the U.S. Third Fleet said Sunday that the target drone hit the ship’s left, or port, side.

She says investigators at Naval Base San Diego are assessing the damage and determining why the drone malfunctioned.

About 300 crew members were aboard the ship.

The Navy could not say how the two sailors were injured.

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