Two US Navy vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz (Lead)

March 20th, 2009 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, March 20 (Xinhua) A US Navy submarine and a US amphibious vessel Friday collided in the Strait of Hormuz, injuring 15 sailors, officials said.
The collision between the USS Hartford and the USS New Orleans occurred around 1.00 a.m. Friday, the US Navy Fifth Fleet said in a statement on its website.

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

New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of about 25,000 gallons of diesel.

The vessels are under the US Navy Central Command which is responsible for conducting maritime security operations.

Currently, the overall damage to both ships is being assessed, the navy said.

The Strait of Hormuz is an important waterway between the Gulf of Oman in the southeast and the Persian Gulf in the southwest.

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