The SS 393 insignia.

USS Hartford  (SSN768)

Two U.S. Warships Collide 
in the Strait of Hormuz

The SSN 651 insignia.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet said in a press release Friday, 20 Mar 2009, 7:02 PM ED  

MANAMA, Bahrain - The military says a U.S. Navy submarine and a U.S. amphibious ship 
collided early Friday morning in the Strait of Hormuz.

The collision between the USS Hartford (SSN 768) and the USS New Orleans (LPD 18) 
occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time in the Middle East, or about 5:00 p.m. Thursday EDT.

Fifteen sailors aboard the Hartford were slightly injured and returned to duty. No personnel 
aboard New Orleans were injured.

It was learned the submarine was submerged at the time of the collision, 
but surfaced immediately following the accident.

The Navy says overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. The propulsion plant of the submarine was unaffected by the collision. The New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons of  marine grade diesel fuel. 
Both ships are currently operating under their own power.

Both ships were heading to port when the incident occurred in the narrow strait, 
Lt. Nate Christensen told the Associated Press.

Both vessels are now heading to port for repairs and evaluation, but Christensen said that 
following standard security procedures he could not say where the vessels were heading.

Both the submarine and the ship are currently on regularly scheduled deployments to the 
U.S. Navy Central Command area of responsibility conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

The Strait of Hormuz is the waterway connecting the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman in the Middle East.

The USS Hartford is a Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, homeported in Groton, Connecticut. It carries a crew of 145.

The USS New Orleans is a San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship, homeported in San Diego, California. It carries a crew of 381, and can transport 720 troops.


Release Date: 3/21/2009 12:06:00 PM

USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) arrived at Mina Salman pier to further assess and evaluate the damage that resulted from their collision at sea.

The incident remains under investigation.

Overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. The propulsion plant of the submarine was unaffected by this collision. New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in a fuel spill of approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel marine in the Strait of Hormuz.

Aerial searches of the area where the fuel spill occurred were conducted yesterday, and revealed no indication of any remaining fuel on the ocean's surface.

The U.S. 5th Fleet has been working in coordination with the Navy Oceanographic Office to determine refined search areas, based on currents and winds. Additional searches were flown by U.S. Navy aircraft today and found no remaining fuel on the surface.

The quick dissipation of the fuel is likely due to the type of fuel, and various environmental factors to include air and water temperatures, winds and seas.

This webmaster thinks It looks like any sonars that are in the forward part of the sail are history. Other periscopes and antenna masts may be at least partially functional, but, to what degree I don't know. The displacement and starboard lean of the sail is pretty severe. It looks to me like it would greatly impair mast raising, lowering  and rotating operations.

Hormuz is not only very narrow, but it is also very busy and crowded.




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