Fall­ing crane boom hurts sailors on USS Gun­ston Hall

Daily Press - - Local News - By Brock Ver­gakis Staff writer

NOR­FOLK — Two sailors were in­jured aboard the USS Gun­ston Hall on Thurs­day when a part of a crane at a civil­ian ship­yard fell onto the am­phibi­ous dock land­ing ship, ac­cord­ing to the Navy. Lt. Cmdr. Court­ney Hill­son, a spokes­woman for Naval Sur­face Force At­lantic, said the sailors were treated for mi­nor in­juries.

Hill­son said the crane boom — which is the fixed arm used to move ob­jects — fell on the Gun­ston Hall while it was in dry­dock at Colonna’s Ship­yard, Inc. about 7:05 a.m.

An ini­tial as­sess­ment showed there was mi­nor dam­age to the ship around its flight deck, Hill­son said.

Dock land­ing ships carry Marines and their equip­ment and can sup­port am­phibi­ous land­ings and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions.

The Gun­ston Hall com­pleted its most re­cent de­ploy­ment to South Amer­ica in Septem­ber and en­tered the ship­yard in May to con­duct rou­tine main­te­nance. Its home port is Joint Ex­pe­di­tionary Base Lit­tle Creek in Vir­ginia Beach.

COUR­TESY OF THE U.S. NAVY

Brock Ver­gakis, 757-222-5846, brock.ver­gakis @pi­lo­ton­line.com Two sailors were harmed when part of a crane fell on the am­phibi­ous dock land­ing ship USS Gun­ston Hall.

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