U.S. attack submarine strikes vessel in Gulf

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:27pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A nuclear-powered U.S. attack submarine struck a suspected fishing vessel shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf on Thursday, damaging one of the submarine's periscopes but injuring no one, a Navy official said on the condition of anonymity.

The Navy's Fifth Fleet said in a statement the vessel appeared unaware of the incident, adding it "continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgment of a collision."

The USS Jacksonville, a Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered submarine, did not appear to suffer further damage, the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.

"The reactor remains in a safe condition. There was no damage to the propulsion plant systems and there is no concern regarding watertight integrity," it said.

The incident, which took place at 5 a.m. local time and is under investigation, follows an August collision between a U.S. guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if its dispute with the United States over its nuclear program escalates. Washington says it maintains naval forces in the Gulf to ensure security in the region.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (2)
AZWarrior wrote:
Doesn’t engender great conference in our “state of the art” attack submarines if they can’t tell there is a noisy fishing scow right above it. Somebody needs to get a better crew on that thing.

Jan 10, 2013 11:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JWoody907 wrote:
The incident report should be an interesting read, considering that ship collisions are often the kiss of death for the commanding officer’s career, especially when they do damage to the vessels.
The only explanation I can think of is that the fishing vessel was not under power and thus its motors weren’t making noise, masking it from the submarine…

Jan 11, 2013 4:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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