American submarine clashed with Japanese vessel

The US Pacific Navy has confirmed that the collision of an American submarine with a Japanese vessel, which occurred last Sunday near the Hawaiian coast, was most probably caused by the submarine's unexpected surfacing. The Japanese vessel, "Ehime Maru," with 35 people aboard sank some 18 km away from Oahu Island. A RIA Novosti correspondent says that, according to reports from a naval base in Pearl Harbor, the nuclear-powered submarine "Greenville" was engaged in regular training assignments in that zone near the Hawaii. At that very moment, it was exercising daytime operations, RIA Novosti announces. The collision occurred when the submarine began to surface. The US Pacific Navy has launched a thorough investigation into the incident. According to the information presented by the navy and the coast guard, rescue teams are still searching for 9 people from the Japanese vessel. So far, they have managed to save 26 out of the 35 people who were aboard the Japanese vessel. The vessel, with a tonnage of 499 tons, belonged to a fishing secondary vocational school from the Japanese island of Uwajima. It had 13 students, 2 teachers and 20 crew members aboard. The "Greenville" submarine belongs to the Los Angeles class. Its tonnage is 6,080 tons, and its length is 110

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