Close Call Between Two Navy Ships on San Diego Bay

Two Navy warships were forced to take evasive actions to avoid a head-on collision in San Diego Bay on Tuesday.

Navy officials are now investigating the incident. Video on Twitter by the operators of San Diego Webcam caught the moment. The guided-missile destroyer Momsen that was entering the harbor, approaches the dock landing ship Harper’s Ferry that was heading out.

The ships appear to be heading directly toward each other before the 544-foot Momsen makes a hard turn to port, or left, to avoid the larger, 610-foot Harper’s Ferry.

Harper’s Ferry also turns to port, although the ship is not as nimble as the smaller destroyer. The ships slip past each other without incident.

The near-miss appears to have occurred in a narrow section of the channel between Naval Base Point Loma and Naval Air Station North Island, according to the video.


(Photo San Diego Webcam)

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