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Tue 9 Jan 2007 11:45 AM

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US sub hits tanker in the Arabian Sea

A nuclear-powered submarine has collided with a Japanese tanker near the Straits of Hormuz.

A US nuclear-powered submarine has collided with a Japanese tanker near the Straits of Hormuz, according to agency reports.

The bow of the fast-attack USS Newport News hit the stern of the tanker Mogamikawa in the Arabian Sea, causing minor damage to the Japanese vessel, according to Japan's Foreign Ministry.

There were no injuries or oil leaks, officials at the tanker's owner told the Reuters news agency.

A spokeswoman for the shipping firm said the very large crude carrier Mogamigawa had been headed for Singapore from the Gulf and would stop at the United Arab Emirates to check the extent of any damage.

A Japanese Defence Ministry spokesman said it was investigating the incident, which involved a ship belonging to Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd carrying oil for Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., according to agencies.

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