20 March 2009

Sub/skimmer collision in Strait of Hormuz

USS Hartford (SSN 768)

ZUI this article from CNN:
A U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Navy amphibious ship Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, mildly injuring 15 sailors, according to the commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

The submarine, the USS Hartford, collided with the USS New Orleans about 1 a.m. in the strait, which runs between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the busiest commercial routes for oil tankers.

Fifteen aboard the Hartford were injured but returned to duty, according to a news release.

ZUI also this article from the BBC:
The incident is being investigated and damage to both ships is being evaluated, a navy statement said.

The New Orleans' fuel tank was ruptured in the crash, causing a spill of 25,000 gallons (90,000 litres) of diesel.

No injuries were reported aboard the New Orleans, according to the statement from the Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.


The navy said both vessels were on regularly scheduled deployments to the region and conducting security operations.

"Both ships are currently operating under their own power," said the statement.

USS New Orleans (LPD 18)

Update 1150 20 Mar: Navy Times has an article with further information here.

Update 1820 23 Mar: Joel, as usual, has further coverage, including links to various Navy photos of the two ships arriving in port.

USS Hartford (SSN 768) arrives in Mina Salman, Bahrain

1 comment:

Steve Harkonnen said...

What confuses me is that the straits have some of the strongest currents and undertows there. I know that our subs like to go under surface assets all the time, but doing it going through the Straits of Hormuz is downright stupid. Whoever that OOD was....he needs to be crucified to the tree of woe, and the CO along with him.

Remember the Victor class that pulled that off back in the mid-80's going under a cargo ship going through the straits of Gibraltar and it ended up having to get towed back to Murmansk?

This must be a real embarrassment to the Dolphin community.