No Injuries as U.S. Submarine and Merchant Vessel Collide


No Sailors or merchant seamen were injured when a U.S. Navy submarine and a commercial cargo vessel collided in the Persian Gulf Sept. 5.

The collision between USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) and the Turkish-flagged M/V Yaso Aysen occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. local time while the submarine was conducting surfaced operations as it transited to Bahrain for a scheduled port visit.

How they managed to hit a ship while surfaced (or maybe vice-versa) is probably going to make an interesting story. It probably won’t end happily for the sub’s commanding officer.