MOSCOW, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - A US nuclear submarine collided with a merchant ship while operating in the Persian Gulf, the US Fifth Fleet said in a statement.
“No one was hurt when the periscope on USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), a US Navy Los Angeles-class submarine” hit the unidentified vessel around 5 a.m. local time on Thursday, the US Navy said.
According to the US officials, the Jacksonville surfaced from periscope depth to check whether there was any damage inflicted on the unidentified vessel, which “continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision.”
A US P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft conducted a search of the area and spotted “no debris in the water or vessels in distress.”
One of the submarine’s two periscopes suffered minor damage. The incident is under investigation, the Navy said.
The waters of the Persian Gulf are relatively shallow (average depth 150 feet or 50 meters) and can sometimes be a difficult environment for operating large attack submarines, especially when large numbers of surface ships are present, according to naval officers who have operated there.
In August, the US Navy said one of its guided missile destroyers had collided with a Japanese-owned oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. No one was injured.
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- Iranian ExpatMini Subs11:16, 12/01/2013There is a good reason Iran has mini subs in the Persian Gulf.
These subs are constantly monitored by Iran like gold fish in a public pond, in and around the Persian Gulf.
At 150 feet dept with a sub that is 350 feet long there is no need for MAD or P-3s, just a little UAV at 1000 meters.
By the way kudos to RIA Novosti for referring to the Persian Gulf as Persian Gulf in every instance.
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