[HMAS Melbourne USS Frank E. Evans collision and Suvic Bay] / Craig Russell
HMAS Melbourne Arrives in Singapore Following Collision
SYND 08-6-69 AMERICAN DESTROYER FRANK E. EVANS COLLISION
USS Frank E Evans 2013 Newscast
The Melbourne–Evans collision was a collision between the light aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans of the United States Navy (USN). On 3 June 1969, the two ships were participating in SEATO exercise Sea Spirit in the South China Sea. At approximately 3:00 am, when ordered to a new escort station, Evans sailed under Melbourne's bow, where she was cut in two. Seventy-four of Evans' crew were killed.