Minesweeper Heads Back Out to Sea After Mishap

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The minesweeper Shrike got underway June 1 from Naval Station Panama City, Fla., six days after suffering a mishap that caused it to return to the pier just after getting underway.

Officially, the Navy would not provide details, but one Navy source familiar with the incident said the ship hit a crane at the Panama City Navy Base.

“The investigation is underway to assess what happened,” said Steve Applegate, Public Affairs Officer for Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla.

Applegate confirmed that the incident occurred near a pier of the naval base.

There were no reported injuries.

He said the Shrike was getting underway in preparation for the GOMEX 2005 mine hunting exercise from June 2 to 10 in the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City.