U.S. submarine, ship collide in North Arabian Sea
From Barbara Starr
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. submarine responsible for a deadly collision with a Japanese fishing vessel last year has collided with a U.S. surface ship in the North Arabian Sea, tearing a gash in the ship's fuel tank, Pentagon sources said Monday.
No one was injured in Sunday's incident.
The USS Greeneville submarine had surfaced at the time of the collision, sitting alongside the USS Ogden during a personnel transfer off the Oman coast. Two Navy personnel aboard the Greeneville were to be transferred to the Ogden, when the accident occurred.
After the collision, both vessels were able to leave the area under their own power.
The collision left a 5-by-18-inch gash in the Ogden's fuel tank, located on the ship's rear right side below the waterline. Several thousand gallons of fuel spilled into the surrounding waters.
The Greeneville now heads for the Indian Ocean port of Diego Garcia for inspection and repairs. The Ogden's destination was not revealed.
In February 2001, the USS Greeneville hit a Japanese fishing vessel, the Ehime Maru, during an emergency surfacing drill off the Hawaiian coast. Nine people were killed, including four teen-age students from Uwajima, Japan.
This collision was one of the most embarrassing peacetime accidents in U.S. naval history.
Relations between the United States and Japan became strained when it was revealed the surfacing maneuver was conducted for the benefit of civilian guests on board the submarine.
The sub's captain, Cmdr. Scott Waddle, was reprimanded and allowed to resign from the Navy after an inquiry found his vessel was "solely" at fault.
In the summer, the Greeneville scraped the bottom of the harbor in Saipan, a Pacific island in the U.S. commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, while trying to maneuver.
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