Friday, March 20, 2009

US Warships Collide - Crew Text Messaging Suspected

Two US warships, collided today in the Strait of Hormuz, according to the US Navy. The two vessels were identified as the nuclear submarine USS Hartford and an amphibious vessel, the USS New Orleans.

The collision in the early hours of Friday caused a 25,000-gallon oil spill. 15 sailors on the submarine were injured. "New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel marine," the U.S. Navy statement read, adding the incident was being investigated.

The Navy statement made no mention of speculation that navigators on the New Orleans were text messaging at the time of the incident.

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