U.S. Navy Ship, Sub Collide in Middle East’s Hormuz Strait
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 Two U.S. Navy vessels, a submarine and a surface ship, collided in the Strait of Hormuz today, according to a U.S. Navy news release.
The collision involved the USS Hartford, a Los Angeles-class nuclear submarine, and the USS New Orleans, an amphibious ship, according to a release issued by the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet.
The Hartford’s nuclear propulsion plant was unaffected by the collision.
Fifteen submariners aboard the Hartford were slightly injured and have been returned to duty, the release said. No servicemembers aboard the New Orleans were injured.
The New Orleans reportedly sustained damage to a diesel fuel tank, which caused a leakage of about 25,000 gallons of fuel.
The incident is under investigation.
The Strait of Hormuz is a relatively narrow and strategic corridor of water that connects the Middle East’s Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Hormuz Strait is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates and a part of Oman to the south.
(From a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet news release.)