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The USS Jacksonville Submarine (file photo)

The USS Jacksonville Submarine (file photo)

An American nuclear-powered attack submarine has collided with an "unidentified" fishing ship in the Persian Gulf shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz, says a statement by US Navy's Fifth Fleet. The USS Jacksonville "struck a vessel while operating in the Persian Gulf" at about 5:00 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Thursday, the statement added. One of the submarine's periscopes has been damaged in the collision, a Navy official said on condition of anonymity. "Jacksonville then surfaced from periscope depth to ascertain if there was any damage to the unidentified vessel," the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said. "The vessel continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision." The statement added that the Los Angeles-class submarine's nuclear reactor "remains in a safe condition" along with the propulsion plant. US military officials said that a naval P-3 aircraft carried out a search operation in the area but spotted no debris in the water or vessels in distress. The incident follows an August collision between a US guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker. DB/MA