WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy frigate on patrol in the Persian Gulf has apparently hit an underwater mine, Pentagon sources said today.
Defense Department spokesman Dan Howard said four American sailors were injured but that there were no fatalities. It remained unclear exactly how extensive the damage was.
"It appears that none of them (injuries) are life threatening" to the four seamen, Howard told reporters.
The officials identified the frigate as the USS Samuel B. Roberts. They said the ship "is in no danger of sinking."