Among the suspect details of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake is a little-publicized event involving the USS Francisco nuclear attack submarine, which collided with a Pacific undersea mountain while travelling at "maximum speed," causing over $100 million in damage, according to government sources. One Navy shipman died in the incident.
Although the US military claims the nuclear sub collided on January 8, 2005 as it headed from its base in Guam (western Pacific Ocean) to Brisbane, Australia, for a port visit, it seems highly unlikely that a nuclear attack submarine would be dispatched for liesure activities in the vicinity of the Sumatra-Andaman quake epicenter, just days after the tsunami. We believe that the craft was damaged much earlier - when powerful currents from the tsunami rammed the submarine into an underwater rock.
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