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USS Jacksonville periscope damaged while in Persian Gulf

11:22 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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HONOLULU -- The U.S. Navy says a Pearl Harbor-based submarine was damaged when a periscope struck an unidentified vessel in the Persian Gulf.

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement that no one was hurt in the pre-dawn incident Thursday involving the USS Jacksonville.

The submarine surfaced from periscope depth to see if the collision damaged the vessel, but the vessel, but the ship continued "on a consistent course" offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision.

The Navy says one of the Jacksonville's two periscopes was damaged.

The Navy says a P-3 Orion aircraft searched the area but saw no debris in the water or vessels in distress.

The Jacksonville is currently deployed to the Middle East.

Associated Press

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