Two US Navy personnel sustained minor injuries after an accident happened aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton.
As disclosed, the incident occurred at approximately 12 p.m. (local time) on 2 April at the shipyard’s Pier 3. USS Luisina experienced a problem with the forward logistics escape trunk during testing, resulting in the rapid depressurization of the compartment.
The depressurization created a loud noise due to the escaping air and dislodged a scaffolding enclosure and other equipment, according to the shipyard. US Navy personnel responded to the situation.
Two injured crewmembers were transported to a local medical facility for treatment and then released.
In addition, five sailors were evaluated by the navy medical personnel and did not require treatment.
The officials emphasized that the submarine’s nuclear propulsion area wasn’t affected, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation.
State and local authorities have been notified about the incident. Further announcements will be released as more information becomes available, according to the statement.
USS Lousiana is the 18th and last submarine of the Ohio class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), and the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name.
The keel of the vessel was laid on 23 October 1992, and it was christened on 27 July 1996. USS Lousiana was commissioned on 6 September 1997 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.