Sunday, January 09, 2005

USS San Francisco Update

The USS San Francisco was on its way to a port visit in Australia when the accident happened. Petty Officer Alyssa Batarla, a spokeswoman for the Navy's Pacific Fleet in Honolulu, says the nuclear-powered submarine appeared to have hit the ocean floor in the middle of the East Marianas Basin, causing injuries to Approximately 20 of the 137 crew members. These Sailors were injured to the point that they are unable to stand watch. The submarine is currently on the surface and making its best speed back toward its home port in Guam. The submarine's hull is intact and the vessel's nuclear reactor has not been damaged.