Submarine, support vessel collide off Washington coast

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The USS Louisiana (SSBN743) arriving for the first time at their new homeport at Naval Base Kitsap, Silverdale, Washington,on October 12, 2005. The USS Louisiana was formerly homeported at Kings Bay, Georgia. US Navy Photo by Brian Nokell, NBK Visual Information (RELEASED)

BANGOR, Wash. (AP) — The Navy says a ballistic-missile submarine and a support vessel collided off the coast of Washington state.

There were no injuries from the Thursday evening incident in the Strait of Juan de Fuca involving the USS Louisiana and the offshore support vessel. In a statement, the Navy said the collision occurred during routine operations.

Damage assessments are being conducted and both vessels returned to port under their own power — the support vessel to Port Angeles, and the submarine to Naval Base Kitsap.

An investigation is ongoing.

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