UPDATED: USS Jacksonville Strikes Vessel, No Injuries

Story Number: NNS130110-06Release Date: 1/10/2013 3:53:00 PM
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From U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below was was originally posted on Jan. 10 and was updated on Jan. 12.

No one was hurt when the periscope on USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), a U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class submarine, struck a vessel while operating in the Persian Gulf Jan. 10 at approximately 5 a.m. local time.

Jacksonville then surfaced from periscope depth to ascertain if there was any damage to the unidentified vessel. The vessel continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision.

Damage appears to be limited to one of Jacksonville's two periscopes. The reactor remains in a safe condition, there was no damage to the propulsion plant systems and there is no concern regarding watertight integrity.

A U.S. P-3 Orion aircraft conducted a search of the area and saw no debris in the water or vessels in distress. The airborne search of the area is complete.

Jacksonville pulled in to port in Bahrain Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m.

The incident is under investigation.

Jacksonville is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility

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