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Submarine, Support Vessel Collide off Washington Coast

he Gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) arrives home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrence mission. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Smith/Released)
he Gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) arrives home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrence mission. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Smith/Released)

BANGOR, Wash. — The Navy says a ballistic-missile submarine and a support vessel collided off the coast of Washington state.

There were no injuries from the Thursday evening incident in the Strait of Juan de Fuca involving the USS Louisiana and the offshore support vessel. In a statement the Navy said the collision occurred during routine operations.

Damage assessments are being conducted and both vessels returned to port under their own power - the support vessel to Port Angeles, Washington, and the submarine to Naval Base Kitsap.

An investigation is ongoing.

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