Monday, November 18, 2013

Errant drone hits cruiser

Two sailors were treated for minor burns after the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville was struck by an errant BQM-74 target drone. The Northrop Grumman-built drone struck the left or port side of the ship Saturday while it was conducting tests of its radar system off the coast of Port Mugu in Southern California. The Ticonderoga class cruiser returned to its San Diego homeport on its own power Sunday. (Sources: multiple, including AP via CSMonitor, 11/18/13; Los Angeles Times, RT com, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Chancellorsville (CG 62) was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; Tyndall Air Force Base and Eglin AFB use BQM-74 drones for training over the Gulf of Mexico.