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USS Oklahoma City Collides With Vessel

Navy Newsstand

Release Date: 11/13/2002

By the Navy News Service

GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- No Sailors were injured when the U.S. Navy submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) came into brief contact with another vessel while transiting the western Mediterranean Sea east of the Strait of Gibraltar Nov. 13.

The accident occurred in international waters at approximately 1:30 p.m. (GMT). At the time of the incident, the submarine was proceeding to periscope depth.

Preliminary reports indicate the Oklahoma City's sail made brief contact with another vessel's hull. The submarine surfaced and located a merchant vessel in close proximity. Oklahoma City attempted to make radio contact with the other vessel. However, the other vessel did not respond and did not appear to need assistance, and departed the area. Oklahoma City continued to search the area for other vessels in the vicinity.

Oklahoma City will return to port for further inspection of damage and repairs. There were no injuries aboard Oklahoma City, and the damage appears to be limited to the submarine's periscope and sail area.

An investigation is underway.

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