A nuclear-powered US Navy submarine and a US amphibious vessel have collided in the Strait of Hormuz, south of Iran, the US Navy says.
The collision between the submarine, USS Hartford (SSN 768), and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) “occurred at approximately 1:00 am local time (5:00 pm EDT, March 19),” the US Fifth Fleet said in a press release on Friday.
The submarine’s nuclear propulsion plant was not damaged.
Nuclear consultant John Large told Press TV that judging from the damage report, the incident must to have been “quite serious”.
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“Not only fifteen sailors (aboard the submarine) were injured, also one of the diesel tanks on the other craft, the surface ship, the Los Angeles (class), was ruptured,” Large said.
The fuel tank rupture on the New Orleans has resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons (90,000 liters) of diesel fuel marine.
The Navy said the incident is “currently under investigation”.
The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway between Iran and Oman, connects the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The US Fifth Fleet, responsible for US naval forces in the Persian Gulf, is stationed in Bahrain.