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Published:January 9th, 2007 08:49 EST
U.S. Navy Submarine, Merchant Vessel Collide in Strait of Hormuz

U.S. Navy Submarine, Merchant Vessel Collide in Strait of Hormuz

By SOP newswire

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- No U.S. Sailors or merchant crew were injured when a U.S. Navy submarine and a commercial cargo vessel collided in the Strait of Hormuz on Jan. 8.

The collision between USS Newport News (SSN 750) and the Japanese-flagged motor vessel Mogamigawa occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m. (local time) in the Strait of Hormuz while the submarine was transiting submerged.

Overall damage to Newport News is being evaluated. The propulsion plant was unaffected by this collision.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Newport News is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations (MSO). MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material.

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

Source:US Navy