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ACCIDENTAL SHELLING IN GUNNERY EXERCISE CLAIMS NAVY OFFICER

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An officer was killed and a sailor injured when the USS Iwo Jima was accidentally shelled by another ship conducting gunnery exercises 80 miles southeast of Norfolk Naval Station, the Navy said Thursday.

Shells from the amphibious cargo ship USS El Paso struck the bridge and flight deck of the Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship, at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Cmdr. John Lloyd of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The officer and sailor, who were not identified, were standing on the starboard bridge of the Iwo Jima when they were hit, Lloyd said.The El Paso was testing its Phalanx guns, which are designed to throw up a screen of flying lead - the 20mm guns have six barrels firing 3,000 rounds a minute - and knock down incoming missiles.

-ABOUT 500 U.S. and British sailors on shore leave went on a drunken rampage in downtown Lisbon, brawling, smashing windows of shops and bars and attacking cars, Portuguese police said.

More than 100 sailors were arrested during Wednesday night's disturbances and at least seven people were injured, a duty officer at Lisbon Public Security police said. Authorities bolstered dockside patrols Thursday to prevent further clashes.

The rampage began after four U.S. sailors got into a fistfight. British sailors from the carrier Ark Royal joined in, as did more Americans.