Playing Chicken of the Sea
Posted on Mar 20, 2009
The same day that President Obama released a message of new understandings and diplomacy to the Iranian people via his vlog, two U.S. Navy vessels collided in the Strait of Hormuz off southern Iran. More than 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled and 15 sailors were slightly injured.
Two US navy vessels have collided in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran, lightly injuring 15 sailors, the US navy said.
A nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Hartford, and amphibious transporter the USS New Orleans collided early on Friday, the US Navy Fifth Fleet said.
The incident is being investigated and damage to both ships is being evaluated, a navy statement said.
The New Orleans’ fuel tank was ruptured in the crash, causing a spill of 25,000 gallons (90,000 litres) of diesel.
One of the vessels involved in the collision was a U.S. nuclear submarine like this one.