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The USS San Francisco has reached her home port in Guam.

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) arrived safely in Guam Monday afternoon Guam time (all following dates Guam time) following a Friday grounding accident at sea, approximately 350 nautical miles south of Guam. Machinist Mate 2nd Class Joseph Allen Ashley, 24, of Akron, Ohio, died Sunday from injuries suffered during the accident. Twenty-three other Sailors were treated by medical teams dispatched out to the submarine for a range of injuries including broken bones, lacerations, bruises and a back injury. The submarine had a crew of 137 at the time of the incident.

Still no word on what might have happened to cause a submarine to ground 350 miles from the nearest land, but one imagines the grounding actually took place on the seabed – the alternative is a collision of some sort. More info about the Navy’s attack subs here.

Written by martinipundit

January 11, 2005 at 9:05 am

Posted in Ships

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