A U.S. nuclear powered submarine and an Aegis cruiser collided off the coast of north-eastern Florida on Saturday after noon, the Navy reported.There were no injuries.
The nuclear powered-submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) collided with the cruiser USS San Jacinto about 3.30 p.m.cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56)about 3.30 p.m.Eastern time.
As reported by reuters,collision damaged the sonar dome of the cruiser, an underwater device housing electronic navigation, detection and ranging equipment ,located at the base of the ship’s bow.
However there was no damage to the Montpeiler's nuclear-powered propulsion plant.
An anonymous naval source told Reuters San Jacinto watch team were alerted by the rising periscope of submarine some 100-200meters ahead of cruiser and ordered "all back" but too late to avoid a collision.
A navy official says three ships were participating in an anti-submarine exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment as part of the strike group for the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.
Both vessels were operating under their own power after the accident and the damage was being assessed, the Navy said.Collisions between navy submarines and surface warships are rare.