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US Navy sub and vessel collide near Iran

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Latest update : 2009-03-20

The US Navy reported Friday that one of its submarines collided with a US amphibious vessel Thursday night in the Strait of Hormuz, which separates Oman from Iran. Over a dozen sailors were injured, with no reported fatalities.

AFP - A US Navy submarine and a US amphibious vessel collided in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday slightly injuring 15 sailors and creating a fuel spill of around 25,000 gallons, the US Navy said.
  
"The collision between USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) occurred at approximately 1:00 am local time (2030 GMT on Thursday)," the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.
  
"Fifteen sailors aboard the Hartford were slightly injured and returned to duty. No personnel aboard New Orleans were injured," it added. 
  
The New Orleans' fuel tank ruptured, causing the spill of diesel fuel.
  
Both ships are operating under their own power, and the overall damage to both vessels is being evaluated, the statement added.
  
The Strait of Hormuz, less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) at its widest point, separates Oman from Iran and is the gateway into the oil-rich Gulf.
  
An estimated 40 percent of the world's crude oil passes through the strait on the way to market.
  
Both the submarine and the ship are on regularly scheduled deployments to the US Navy Central Command area of responsibility, the navy said.
  
Ships from the Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, patrol a 7.5 million square mile (19.4 million square kilometre) area of eastern Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

Date created : 2009-03-20

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