US Navy: 2 vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz

March 20, 2009 16:02

Two US Navy vessels - a submarine and an amphibious ship - collided early Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the US Navy's 5th Fleet reported. The military said in a statement that the collision occurred around 1:00 a.m. local time on Friday (5 p.m. EDT, Thursday). The USS Hartford, a submarine, collided with an amphibious ship, the USS New Orleans. According to the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, 15 soldiers aboard the Hartford were slightly injured but able to return to duty. No injuries were reported aboard the New Orleans. The New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, resulting in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons (95,000 liters) of diesel fuel. Damage to both vessels is still being evaluated.

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