Navy says submarine, Aegis cruiser collide
ASSOCIATED PRESS October 15, 2012 7:56AM
In this image provided by the U.S. Navy the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) arrives in Souda Harbor Nov. 24, 2007 for a routine port visit. The USS Montpelier and USS San Jacinto collided at approximately 3:30 p.m. EDT. Both the submarine and the ship were conducting routine training at the time of the accident. (AP Photo/US Navy, Paul Farley)
Updated: October 15, 2012 3:05PM
NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy submarine and the Aegis cruiser that collided off the East Coast are both back in port and officials are investigating what went wrong, the Pentagon said late Sunday.
Lt. Commander Brian Badura of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command said in a news release that the submarine USS Montpelier arrived at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southern Georgia. The USS San Jacinto (san juh-SIN’-toh) arrived at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla.
The vessels collided at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday during routine training operations and no one was injured. The news release said now that they are back in port, crews can further determine the extent of the damage.
“We have had circumstances where Navy vessels have collided at sea in the past, but they’re fairly rare as to how often they do take place,” Badura told The Associated Press.
Navy officials said the collision was under investigation, but declined to offer more specifics including where it happened.
The news release said that the sub’s propulsion plant was not damaged.