HMCS Fredericton slightly damaged in accident

HMCS Fredericton sustained minor damage when it scraped an American navy ship off the east coast of Florida.

HMCS Fredericton sustained minor damage when it scraped an American navy ship off the east coast of Florida early Thursday evening, Maritime Forces Atlantic says.

The accident happened during a routine replenishment at sea, when the Canadian patrol frigate briefly came into contact with the U.S. navy's oiler vessel USNS Kanawha.

The hulls of both ships sustained superficial scrapes and dents, the Canadian Forces said in a release.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. The Fredericton was expected to go into port Friday as part of its original program schedule.

Both ships were in a Canadian-led task group exercise taking place off the east coast of Canada and the United States for most of November.

Replenishments at sea involve one ship taking on fuel and other supplies from another while both ships are in motion.