Norfolk, Va. – Four sailors were injured today aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman when a line parted during a refueling at sea between the Truman and the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent off the coast of Florida.
Two of the injured sailors were flown via Navy helicopter to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and will receive follow-up care at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. One sailor will be flown via C-2 Greyhound to Naval Station Norfolk for further evaluation later today.
The remaining sailor was treated on board the Norfolk-based Truman. According to the Navy all of the injuries are non-life threatening.
A safety investigation into the incident has begun.
The Truman is conducting training operations in preparation for its next deployment.
Navy ships conduct underway replenishments as a way to maintain fuel, munitions and stores during prolonged time at sea.