Two US Navy vessels collide in the Strait of Hormuz; 15 lightly injured
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The two craft involved in the incident were the, a transporter and the , a . The New Orleans' ruptured upon impact, leaking 90 to 95 thousand litres of fuel.
"New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in anof approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel marine," the navy said in a statement. "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."
A spokesman for the Fifth Fleet, Lieutenant Nathan Christensen, said that "there is no disruption to shipping traffic in the strait," and "both ships are operating under their own power and have passed through the strait."
"It was a night-time event and the submarine was submerged at the time," Christensen replied when asked about how the accident happened.
The Strait of Hormuz separates Oman from Iran, and is the entrance into the Gulf. An estimate by the said that over 15 million barrels of crude oil passed through the strait every day in tankers. It is less than a hundred kilometres broad at its widest point.