US Warship And Submarine
Collide Off Oman


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy warships, one a submarine, collided on the surface of the Northern Arabian Sea off Oman Sunday but there were no injuries and neither ship was in danger of sinking, the Pentagon said Monday.
Reuters Photo The Los Angeles Class attack submarine Greeneville and the amphibious ship Ogden collided at about 9:55 a.m. local time while some personnel were being transferred from the submarine to the Ogden, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters.
The Greeneville also collided with the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru off Hawaii while surfacing last February. Nine Japanese on the fishing boat died when the vessel sank.
"Nobody was hurt Sunday. The Ogden has a punctured fuel tank and is leaking some diesel fuel. The submarine suffered some damage to the stern plane, abut neither is in danger of sinking" said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dave Lapan.
The stern plane is located at the rear of the submarine and moves to help the sub maneuver under the surface.
"Both ships are under way in the Northern Arabian Sea while they assess the situation," Lapan told Reuters.
The U.S. Navy has a number of warships in the Northern Arabian sea, some supporting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and some taking part in U.S. and allied monitoring of Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War.

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