Navy investigating possible sabotage of Trident sub

Herald staff

BREMERTON — The Navy is investigating a possible sabotage of equipment on a Trident submarine docked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

The damage to the USS Alaska was discovered in late summer, said an official at the shipyard.

"The damage appeared to be deliberate, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service opened a formal investigation," said Mary Anne Mascianica, public affairs officer for the shipyard. "The damage did not compromise the safety of the personnel working on the ship."

Mascianica wouldn’t give the details of the damage. The Sun newspaper of Bremerton reported that it apparently involved cut electrical cables.

She also wouldn’t discuss security procedures related to the sub, and Navy officials wouldn’t release details of the investigation.

The damage to the sub is the second reported incident involving the USS Alaska since it came to the shipyard in April for an 18-month overhaul. Within days after the submarine entered the yard, work was interrupted for a few hours after a bomb threat was made, Navy officials said.

The USS Alaska is the first of four Tridents to go to the shipyard for conversion to the larger, more powerful Trident II nuclear missile system.

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