The ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana “experienced a problem in the forward crew access compartment during a routine air test in the compartment”, according to Anna Taylor, spokesperson for the Puget Naval Shipyard. Sound and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton.
“The ship’s nuclear propulsion space was not affected,” she added.
The test is no longer underway and Navy personnel have responded to the situation, Taylor said.
Five other sailors were evaluated by Navy medical personnel and did not require treatment, according to Taylor.
The 560-foot Louisiana was commissioned in 1997 and has been based in Washington State since 2005. She is capable of carrying up to 20 ballistic missiles with thermonuclear warheads.
National and local authorities have been notified of the incident. More announcements will be released as more information becomes available, Taylor said.