Italian submarine rams cargo ship in rare accident

The Italian navy said on Thursday that one of its submarines had struck a cargo ship overnight off the Calabrian coast, a rare accident that resulted in no casualties or major damage.

Italian submarine rams cargo ship in rare accident
The accident took place off the coast of Calabria, pictured. Photo: BigDreamStudio/Depositphotos

The Scire, a 55-metre (180-foot) U212 submarine, was on its way to a training exercise when it hit the cargo ship in the Ionian Sea.

The ship was able to resume its course, but the submarine remained on the surface and was returning to base, the navy said.

It is investigating the cause of the accident.

The Scire, made by the German shipmaker HDW, entered service in 2007. It is named after an Italian sub that was sunk during World War II off the coast of what is now northern Israel, and its wreckage has become a popular scuba-diving spot.

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