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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident


USS Greeneville collides with Japanese fishing training vessel

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 9, 2001) -- At approximately 1:50 p.m. (HST) on Feb. 9, a U.S. submarine on routine operations was surfacing when its stern apparently collided with the Japanese vessel "Ehime Maru" approximately nine miles south of Diamond Head off Honolulu, Hawaii.

We deeply regret this tragic incident. Submarines have operating procedures to ensure the safety of such evolutions and a thorough investigation will be conducted into this incident.

Pacific Fleet ships and helicopters are working closely with the Coast Guard in the search for additional survivors. Search and Rescue operations for the nine missing crewmembers are continuing through the night with both ships and aircraft.

Pacific Fleet Headquarters is working with the Japanese Consulate in Hawaii to ensure medical care, lodging and transportation home are provided to the 26 crewmembers rescued so far.


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Revised: 3/8/01