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Navy won't charge for helping stricken cruise ship

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy says it won't bill Carnival cruise lines for the time and effort it spent having one of its aircraft carriers deliver food and other supplies to the crippled luxury liner Splendor.

The deliveries were made after Splendor was stranded at sea when a blown engine shut down its electrical system Monday. It was towed to port Thursday.

It costs the Navy about $1 million a day to operate the USS Ronald Reagan, which assisted Splendor.

Chief Petty Officer Terry Feeney says the carrier was training in the area anyway and simply followed an unwritten maritime law when it responded to a vessel in distress.

The Coast Guard, which also responded, didn't immediately say whether it would charge.


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