Although the collision between the USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) caused a few injuries among the sub’s crew, the sailors are back on duty. The real damage will be to the careers of the officers involved and the Navy’s ship repair budget.
Take a closer look at the picture and you will see that, in addition to the damage at the front of the sail, the paint is scraped off the top of the sail and the sail is mostly separated from the hull. More pictures and commentary are on the USNI blog.
Here’s what happened according to the U.S. Navy:
BAHRAIN (March 21, 2009) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) pulls into Mina Salman pier in Bahrain where U.S. Navy engineers and inspection teams will assess and evaluate damage that resulted from a collision with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in the Strait of Hormuz March 20. Overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. The incident remains under investigation. Hartford is deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Jane Campbell/Released)