U.S. Navy vessels collide near Iran

The submarine USS Hartford and amphibious ship USS New Orleans are shown in Navy photos.
A U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Navy amphibious ship Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, mildly injuring 15 sailors, according to the commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

The submarine, the USS Hartford, collided with the USS New Orleans about 1 a.m. in the strait, which runs between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the busiest commercial routes for oil tankers. Fifteen aboard the Hartford were injured but returned to duty, according to a news release. Both vessels are operating on their own power.

The nuclear propulsion plant on the 362-foot-long sub was not damaged, but “New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel marine,” the release said. The New Orleans is capable of carrying almost 1,100 troops and crew. The Hartford carries about 145 sailors.