February 1, 2005The U.S. Navy released this photograph last
Thursday of the nuclear submarine San Francisco, which crashed
headlong into an uncharted undersea mountain near Guam on January 8.
Standing more than three stories high and with classified technology
veiled by a tarp, the fast-attack submarine is shown awaiting repairs
in a Guam dry dock.
The impact shredded the submarine's nose, killed one sailor, and injured 60 more. The sailors were largely protected by the vessel's reinforced inner hull, which did not rupture. After the wreck, the crew quickly ascended and sailed along the ocean's surface back to their base in Guam.