The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of Us Warfare by James F. Dunnigan
Dirty Little Secrets
After eight weeks in a Persian Gulf shipyard, the 24,000 ton American amphibious ship (the USS New Orleans, LPD 18), had its hull, fuel tank and ballast tanks repaired. The damage occurred last March 20th, when the New Orleans collided with a submerged submarine (the 7,000 ton USS Hartford, SSN 768) in the narrow Straits of Hormuz. Fifteen sailors aboard the sub were injured, while a fuel tank on the LPD was torn open, and 25,000 gallons of fuel oil got into the water. Both vessels returned to port under their own power. The accident happened at 1 AM, local time. The commander of the sub was later relieved of duty. When underwater, the submarine is responsible for avoiding collisions with surface ships.
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