A US nuclear submarine’s periscope hits an unnamed merchant vessel in the Persian Gulf. There were no major damages and injuries according to a statement by the US Navy Fifth Fleet.
The USS Jacksonville (SSn-669), a Los Angeles-class sub, “struck a vessel while operating in the Persian Gulf” at about 5:00 am local time (0200 GMT), the statement said, adding “Jacksonville then surfaced from periscope depth to ascertain if there was any damage to the unidentified vessel. The vessel continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgment of a collision.”
According to the statement, only one of the submarine’s two periscope was damaged by the clash. The nuclear reactor and the propulsion plant of the submarine remain safe and unharmed.
A P-3 aircraft of the US Navy searched and secure the area and found no debris or distressed vessels in the water.
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