SYND 08-6-69 AMERICAN DESTROYER FRANK E. EVANS COLLISION
50 years on, survivors of Voyager and Melbourne still seek closure
Official apology for HMAS Melbourne captain
HMAS Melbourne Arrives in Singapore Following Collision
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.