The hull of the bow of the US Navy nuclear submarine USS Connecticut, which collided with an unknown object in the South China Sea, was reportedly badly damaged.
“Initial report I have is the USS Connecticut bow dome is severely damage. Waiting on photos.” US specialist SubBrief claimed on Twitter.
No photographs of the damage have been published so far.
According to the US Navy, a group of military specialists was sent to the base on the island of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean to inspect the damage and establish the reason. The damaged nuclear submarine entered the base on October 8th after the incident that took place on October 2nd. The repair capabilities of the base on Guam are limited, so the submarine may be redirected to US bases on the Pacific coast if needed.
The US Navy claimed that after the incident, “the submarine is in a safe, stable condition.” It was also indicated that its nuclear installation was not damaged.
Statement regarding #USSConnecticut (SSN 22):
The #USNavy 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.
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) October 7, 2021
The US Pacific Fleet revealed that on October 2nd, the USS Connecticut struck an object underwater in the South China Sea. As a result of the collision, 11 of the 130 crew members were slightly injured.
After the incident, the submarine was forced to go to Guam in a surface position.
The US military does not report what was the object that the submarine collided with. According to sources in the US Navy, it was not another submarine or ship, and there were no aggressive actions of another country. According to topographic data, there was also no collision with underwater terrain.
Connecticut is one of three Sea Wolf-class boats, a late Cold War attack submarine designed to hunt the most complex Soviet submarines in deep blue water. Along with USS Sea Wolf (SSN-21) and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), Connecticut is among the Navy’s most capable and sensitive attack boats.
Its armament is up to 50 Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles, which are launched from torpedo tubes. In addition to combat missions, it also performs reconnaissance functions.
There are only three such submarines in the US Navy. All of them are assigned to the Kitsap Naval Base.
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