Navy Ship, Sub Collide Off Fla. Coast

USS Montpelier hit by Navy cruiser as it was ascending

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2012 6:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – A nuclear-powered submarine belonging to the US Navy chose the wrong moment to stick its head up yesterday: The USS Montpelier was apparently ascending to periscope depth in waters off the coast of Jacksonville, reports the Navy Times, when it collided with the USS San Jacinto, an Aegis class Navy cruiser. Both ships continued to operate under their own power and the Montpelier's nuclear power plant emerged unscathed, though the San Jacinto's sonar dome suffered damage. No injuries were reported. Both the San Jacinto and Montpelier were conducting routine training, and the Navy is investigating.

The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in the Atlantic, June 6, 2012. The submarine USS Montpelier and San Jacinto collided yesterday during routine training.
The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in the Atlantic, June 6, 2012. The submarine USS Montpelier and San Jacinto collided yesterday during routine training.   (AP Photo/US Navy, Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin)
The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) arrives in Souda Harbor Nov. 24, 2007.
The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) arrives in Souda Harbor Nov. 24, 2007.   (AP Photo/US Navy, Paul Farley)
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