OTTAWA - No one was injured in a watery collision that will send two Canadian warships home to port.
The HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur are expected to arrive back in Esquimalt, B.C., on Saturday afternoon after the two ships collided Friday morning.
The ships were conducting towing exercises while en route to Hawaii.
"We don't have all the information on the causes that led to this incident just yet," Lt. (Navy) Paul Pendergast told QMI Agency. "But the evidence gathering has already begun."
The HMCS Algonquin sustained significant damage, while the HMCS Protecteur fared slightly better with damage limited to the bow.
Pendergast said an engineering facility would assess the two ships and no estimates as to the cost of the damage would be made until then.
A board of inquiry will be convened imminently and once it has analyzed the collision, offer recommendations on how to prevent similar accidents in the future