in Strait of Hormuz . Friday 20 March
AP File Photo
The USS Hartford, a nuclear-powered submarine, and USS New Orleans, an amphibious ship, collided in the Strait of Hormuz early Friday morning. The collision, taking place in one of the world’s most important sea passages, slightly injured 15 sailors and created a heavy diesel spill in the Persian Gulf. One of the New Orleans’s fuel tanks ruptured, causing the spill. There was no report of damage to the submarine’s nuclear propulsion system.