On 2 October, the USS Connecticut, suffered a collision with an underwater object while traversing Indo-Pacific region. No life threatening injuries were reported.
The USS Connecticut is one of the U.S. Navy’s highly advanced and secretive nuclear-powered Seawolf class submarines.
As per News reports, the submarine was in the South China Sea at the time it struck an unidentified object.
China claims the entire South China Sea to be its own and continues to intrude into EEZs of small nations which contest China’s claim and aggression. The US along with it’s Indo-Pacific partners is trying to counter China’s advances in the water body.
According to USNI News, about a dozen sailors suffered minor to moderate injuries.
The US Navy updated Washington on the condition of the sub, “The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational.”
The U.S. Pacific fleet also confirmed the event. “The US Navy Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine struck an object while submerged on Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. There are no life threatening injuries”, the Navy tweeted.
The damages are being counted on but it is going to cost a lump sum. The submarine was built for US $2.8 Billion.
Such Collisions are not something new. USS San Francisco hit an underwater seamount in 2005. Also, U.K.’s HMS Ambush met a Collision with a commercial tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.
The Connecticut left for deployment in the Pacific in May and had come ashore only in July and August. The Submarine is to arrive in Guam on 8 October.