Australia: Collision Stations!

On a calm and darkling sea last week the 20,000-ton aircraft carrier Melbourne, flagship of the Australian navy, was engaged in night maneuvers off Jervis Bay, 80 miles south of Sydney. Half a mile astern cruised the destroyer Voyager, acting as rescue ship should any of the Melbourne's planes go into the sea on takeoff or landing. Both ships were blacked out except for running lights and red masthead lights.

At 9 p.m. the big carrier reversed course, and it became the Voyager's duty to maneuver until she was once more astern of the Melbourne. The destroyer's captain, Duncan Stevens,...

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