Witnesses said sirens were screeching and the ships public address system was blaring an alert to the crew as the vessel sliced through the muddy bank near the little town of Stella and came to rest after chopping out half the pavement.
The Navy said the Sperry was aground for about two hours before backing off and proceeding down the river. The ship was not visibly damaged, the Navy said.
The Sperry, stationed in San Diego, is commanded by Capt. Michael M. Elliott, Manlius, N.Y.. A civilian pilot was abouard at the time of the mishap."