U.S. Nuclear submarine collides with Japanese tanker
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Thesubmarine collided with the stern of the Japanese oil-tanker, causing minor damage to the tanker. No personnel on either vessel were seriously injured, US Navy and Japanese government officials said.
The straits of Hormuz connect the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea and is a major waterway for oil tankers.
Immediately after the incident the tanker was able to continue to nearby port in the. The tanker is owned by Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Ltd.
The Japanese government was informed of the incident soon after by the Navy and the U.S Embassy in. They have requested that the U.S investigate the cause of the incident.
The recent incident is a stark reminder of the February 2001 incident when a U.S. Submarine rammed into a Japanese fishing vessel in waters off, killing nine people.
- Jim Krane, Associated Press. "U.S. submarine, Japanese ship collide; no injuries" — , January 9, 2007
- Reuters. "U.S. sub, Japan tanker collide" — , January 9, 2007