Monday, December 21, 2015

U.S. Navy investigating damage to guide-missile submarine that struck buoy

Eugene Scott, CNN
18 December 2015
WASHINGTON – Navy officials are evaluating the damage to a guided-missile submarine that struck a buoy.
The USS Georgia is in dry dock after it hit a buoy in the channel near Fernandina Beach, Florida, in late November, according to The submarine was returning to its home port at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.
No leadership has been removed from the sub following the collision, said Lt. Lily Hinz, a public relations officer with Submarine Group 10. CNN has submitted a request for comment from the division.
Official are conducting an investigation into the accident, which happened at the entrance to the channel leading to the base.
The USS Georgia, previously a ballistic missile sub, was converted to a Ohio-class submarine to carry Tomahawk cruise missiles. It is one of four Ohio-class submarines that conduct clandestine missions in coastal areas across the world.
The damage is to the boat's exterior and there was no water intrusion from the collision, Hinz said. The boat made it to Kings Bay without assistance after the accident.

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