By: Jabbar Fazeli, MD
The US 5th fleet announced that there has been a collision between the US nuclear attack submarine, the USS Jacksonville, and an unknown small vessel in the Persian Gulf on Thursday, Dec 10, 2013 (1).
The navy reports that the submarine was at periscope depth at the time, and that the damage was limited to the submarine's periscopes. As for the other vessel, it is thought to be small fishing vessel and there were no indications that it sustained any significant damage; It continued in the same heading and speed after the collision. A P-3 Orion deployed after the incidence didn't find any evidence of a damaged vessel or ship in distress. There were no distress calls received from any vessel at the time of the incidence. The navy has said that it will be investigating the incidence.
The last submarine collision in the Persian gulf was in 2009 between the nuclear submarine the USS Hartford, and amphibious transporter the USS New Orleans (2).
Photo source:MC1 DAVID MERCIL / NAVY