New Amphib Hit by Sub

Someone’s in trouble:

Two U.S. Navy vessels — a nuclear-powered submarine and an amphibious ship — collided during the early morning hours Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported.

The military said in a statement that the incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. local time on Friday (5 p.m. EDT, Thursday), when the USS Hartford, a submarine, and the USS New Orleans, an amphibious ship, collided.

15 sailors aboard the Hartford (SSN 768) were lightly injured but were able to return to duty. The New Orleans (LPD 18), on its first deployment, apparently ruptured a fuel tank and spilled 25,000 of diesel into the strait.

The Pre-Commissioning Unit New Orleans (LPD 18) transits under the [Greater New Orleans Bridge and the CCC Bridge] on the Mississippi River towards New Orleans, La., March 5, 2007, for a March 10 commissioning ceremony. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock will functionally replace more than 41 classes of amphibious ships, providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kurt Eischen, U.S. Navy. (Released)

The Pre-Commissioning Unit New Orleans (LPD 18) transits under the {Greater New Orleans Bridge and the CCC Bridge} on the Mississippi River towards New Orleans, La., March 5, 2007, for a March 10 commissioning ceremony. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock will functionally replace more than 41 classes of amphibious ships, providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kurt Eischen, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Both ships are headed to port for evaluation and repair.

The struggles of the San Antonio class continue.

Comments

  1. At least 2 Navy careers ended that day. That said, a surfaced attack boat (assumption mine on surfaced) at 1 AM has some inherent stealth properties beyond the ken of the binocular brigade.

  2. This is the THIRD Nuclear Navy Submarine collision in a one year period…it’s time the Admiral himself set down. Meanwhile, I just posted a picture of the USS Hartford on my blog, the front of its mast covered in a HUMONGOS TARP…think Wall Street Bailout. Have checked…no pictures out showing the massive rip in the USS New Orleans, and a Navy Commander is reporting that a flyover of the area found no residue from the 25,000 FUEL LEAK.

    I’d say a LOT of careers need to end.

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