Two U.S. Navy Vessels Collide in Strait of Hormuz

By Staff | March 20, 2009 | 9:45 AM EDT
Manama, Bahrain (AP) - The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet says two of its vessels -- a submarine and an amphibious ship -- collided in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula early Friday.
The military says in a statement that the collision occurred around 1:00 a.m. local time on Friday (5 p.m. EDT, Thursday).
The USS Hartford, a submarine, collided with an amphibious ship, the USS New Orleans.
According to the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, 15 soldiers aboard the Hartford were slightly injured but able to return to duty. No injuries were reported aboard the New Orleans.
The New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, and damage to both vessels is still being evaluated.
Both ships are currently operating under their own power.
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