Attack Submarine USS Connecticut Suffers Underwater Collision in South China Sea
According to USNI News, almost a dozen sailors were injured after a US nuclear assault submarine collided with an unknown undersea item in the South China Sea.
A spokeswoman for the US Pacific Fleet confirmed to USNI News on Thursday that the Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) had an underwater collision while operating in international waters on Oct. 2 and is returning to port in the US 7th Fleet.
"On the afternoon of Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region, the Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) impacted an object while submerged." The crew's safety is still the Navy's primary priority. Capt. Bill Clinton informed USNI News that there are no life-threatening injuries.
"The submarine is in a safe and stable state." The nuclear propulsion plant and areas aboard the USS Connecticut were not harmed and are fully operating. The extent of the submarine's damage is still being assessed. The US Navy has made no appeal for help. "The incident will be looked into."
According to a defense spokesman, 11 sailors were injured in the event, with moderate to slight injuries. The attack boat is already on its way to Guam, where it is scheduled to arrive within the next day, according to the official. According to a defense official, the underwater strike occurred in the South China Sea, and the attack boat has been making its way to Guam on the surface since Saturday.
The Navy confirmed at the time that a submarine located at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash., had gone to the Pacific on May 27. The submarine was photographed while operating in the Western Pacific and making port visits in Japan in late July and August, according to the navy. According to the service, US 7th Fleet commander Adm. Karl Thomas paid a visit to the submarine in August.
Connecticut is one of three Sea Wolf-class attack submarines built in the late Cold War to hunt down the most complicated Soviet submarines in the deep sea. Connecticut is one of the Navy's most capable and sensitive attack boats, with the USS Sea Wolf (SSN-21) and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23).
The last time a submerged US submarine collided with another underwater object was in 2005. The USS San Franciso (SSN -711) then collided with an undersea mountain near Guam at full speed. The incident resulted in the death of one sailor.
The USS Connecticut (SSN 22), a Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine, collided with an object while submerged in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region on Oct. 2. The crew's safety is still the Navy's primary priority. There are no injuries that are life-threatening.
The submarine continues to be secure and stable. The nuclear propulsion plant and areas aboard the USS Connecticut were not harmed and are fully operating. The extent of the submarine's damage is still being assessed. The US Navy has made no appeal for help. The event will be looked into further.