Navy Temporarily Loses Communication With Sub Off Florida

Norfolk, VA (AP) -- The Navy says it temporarily lost communication with a submarine off the Florida coast before communications were re-established early Wednesday.

The Naval Submarine Force says in a statement that there were no problems with the USS San Juan. The Los Angeles class submarine is based in Groton, Connecticut.

The communication lag was not explained, and Navy spokesman Phil McGuinn says the incident remains under investigation.

McGuinn says units of the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group saw a red flare in the vicinity of the missing submarine Tuesday night. Ships and aircraft immediately started searching the area where the submarine was operating and also contacted the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office in Norfolk, Virginia, to assist with the efforts. Family members also were notified.

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