Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sub & Aegis cruiser try and occupy same space at same time - collide

NORFOLK, Va. October 14, 2012 (AP)

The Pentagon said late Saturday that it is investigating why a Navy submarine collided with an Aegis cruiser off the East Coast.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Command said in a news release that the submarine USS Montpelier and the Aegis cruiser USS San Jacinto collided at about 3:30 p.m. during routine operations. No one was injured, and the extent of any damage to the vessels was not clear Saturday evening, said Lt. Commander Brian Badura of the Fleet Forces Command.

Navy officials said the collision was under investigation, but declined to offer specifics on what happens next or on where the incident took place.

"If we do have an incident that does take place, there are folks that swing into action... to help us make a better, more conclusive explanation of exactly what happened," Badura said.

The news release says "overall damage to both ships is being evaluated," and that the sub's propulsion plant was "unaffected by the collision." Both Navy ships are based at Norfolk, Va. and are operating on their own power, the news release says.

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