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Drone malfunctions, hits U.S. Navy ship during training

A drone malfunctioned and crashed into a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of southern California, leaving two sailors with burns, a Navy spokesperson said.

A soldier stands in front of a 'Shadow' Unmanned Aerial System during an official presentation by the German and U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at a U.S. military base. Credit: Reuters A soldier stands in front of a 'Shadow' Unmanned Aerial System during an official presentation by the German and U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at a U.S. military base. Credit: Reuters

An aerial target drone malfunctioned and crashed into a United States Navy ship off the coast of southern California on Saturday, leaving two sailors with minor burns, a Navy spokeswoman said.

Two Navy ships were involved in tracking the unmanned drone as part of a training exercise on Saturday afternoon when the drone malfunctioned and collided with the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, the spokeswoman said on Sunday.

"No person was seriously injured," according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Third Fleet.

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About 300 people were aboard the ship at the time, she said. The ship was returning to the Naval Base San Diego for repairs and an investigation into the mishap.

 
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