Monday, September 05, 2005

USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) involved in collision

Form the Navy Newsstand: "No Injuries as U.S. Submarine and Merchant Vessel Collide"

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- No Sailors or merchant seamen were injured when a U.S. Navy submarine and a commercial cargo vessel collided in the Persian Gulf Sept. 5.

The collision between USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) and the Turkish-flagged M/V Yaso Aysen occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. local time while the submarine was conducting surfaced operations as it transited to Bahrain for a scheduled port visit.

The submarine's propulsion plant was unaffected by this event. Philadelphia will continue to Bahrain for inspection of any potential exterior damage.

The incident is under investigation.

Philadelphia is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. Navy Central Command area of responsibility conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material. is also reporting the collision "US submarine collides with cargo ship". Obviously the point of view is the US Submarine collided with a Turkish cargo ship and not the other way around.

Here is what the Turkish are reporting about "Turkish Cargo Ship Collides With U.S. Submarine In Gulf"


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