PEARL HARBOR — Canadian defense officials said a disabled naval refueling ship being towed by an American tug after an engine fire was making good progress Wednesday toward Pearl Harbor.
Capt. Trevor Reid said the HMCS Protecteur and the ships escorting it are expected to arrive at the Hawaii base this morning. Reid said the weather was fair, and the ships were roughly 50 nautical miles northeast of Hawaii at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Canadian navy said the Protecteur was in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii when the fire broke out last week. Nearly 300 crew members were aboard, and the fire left 20 sailors with minor injuries.
A guided-missile destroyer Tuesday transported 19 family members of the crew from the ship to Pearl Harbor. The relatives were traveling with the Protecteur on its return leg to Esquimalt, British Columbia.