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(CNN) -- A U.S. sailor died Sunday, after sustaining injuries in a nuclear submarine accident a day earlier in the western Pacific, according to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The sailor -- whose identity has not been released -- was one of 24 wounded when the USS San Francisco ran aground about 350 miles (560 km) south of Guam -- the nearest land mass -- while it was conducting submerged operations, USPF said.
Navy sources said the submarine was en route to Brisbane, Australia for a port visit.
Lt. Adam Clampitt of USPF, speaking to CNN from his base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, said there was no damage to the nuclear reactor.
Originally posted by sanctum
This is sad news. My thoughts are with the sailors family and friends. The fact that there has been one death, one extremely serious injury and over 20 other injuries would imply to me that the sub' hit an object at a sharp angle, even if its speed was only a few knots.
And the number of injuries would indicate to me that there was little or no warning prior to the collision.
Originally posted by sanctum
The Vagabond, great post
But, your first sentence contradicts your last sentence. Which is what makes your post a great question.
CNN) -- A damaged U.S. nuclear submarine that ran aground three days ago in a deadly accident has docked at a U.S. naval base in Guam, a spokesman with the U.S. Pacific Fleet (USPF) said.
According to Lt. j.g. Adam Clampitt, the USS San Francisco was escorted to port by a variety of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels.
The submarine did "suffer some external damage," he said.
"The injured sailors are being treated at a U.S. military medical facility on Guam and will be transferred to other facilities -- possibly Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or Okinawa in Japan -- as necessary," Clampitt said.
Originally posted by Esoterica
but if areas of the seafloor went up, then other areas probably went down, meaning total dispalcement could be about the same.
I don't really believe there was a collision. It's not impossible, but the recent tsunami sure is a big coincidence
HAGATNA, Guam - A U.S. nuclear submarine that ran aground over the weekend appears to have struck a natural feature on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, a Navy spokesman said Monday.
Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Davis said an initial investigation turned up nothing to indicate the USS San Francisco struck anything but a large rock, land or other natural feature as it conducted underwater operations about 350 miles south of Guam.
The ship "struck something very hard and did an emergency surface," Davis said at a media briefing in Guam.
Davis added there were no reports of damage to the submarine's nuclear reactor, and the vessel made its way back to its home port in Guam Monday under its own power. The submarine's outer hull was damaged, but its inner hull remained intact.
The submarine had been headed to Australia for a port visit.
One sailor was killed and at least 23 others suffered injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises, the Navy said. The submarine has a crew of 137.
Machinist Mate 2nd Class Joseph Allen Ashley, 24, of Akron, Ohio, died Sunday after suffering major head injuries, Davis said. He had been working in the sub's engineering compartments.
In the meantime, the New York Times and MSNBC have reported unnamed Navy officials have told them the San Francisco was submerged more than 400 feet below the surface and traveling at around 30 knots when the accident occurred.