Italian submarine collides with cargo ship

Italian Navy officers attend a ceremony to inaugurate new submarine 'Scire', seen in Genoa, northern Italy, Dec. 18, 2004.


The Italian military confirmed Thursday that a navy submarine had struck a cargo ship off the coast of Calabria, but said there were no casualties or major damage from the accident.

Naval officials said the Scire, a 180-foot U212 sub, had been sailing to take part in a training exercise when it hit the ship in the Ionian Sea.

The ship wasn't damaged and resumed its course, the statement said, while the Scire and its crew were rerouted back to base.

The Navy said an investigation would determine how the collision occurred.