WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy assault submarine struck an object whereas submerged in worldwide waters within the South China Sea, officers stated Thursday. They stated there have been no life-threatening accidents and the sub was nonetheless totally operational.
In a short assertion offering few particulars of an incident that occurred 5 days in the past, U.S. Pacific Fleet stated the USS Connecticut remained in a “secure and secure situation.” The Seawolf-class submarine’s nuclear propulsion plant was not affected, it added.
“The extent of injury to the rest of the submarine is being assessed,” the assertion stated, including that the incident might be investigated.
The assertion didn’t specify the situation of the incident, however two Navy officers, talking on situation of anonymity to debate particulars not introduced publicly, stated it occurred within the South China Sea whereas the Connecticut was conducting routine operations. The officers stated the sub then headed towards port at Guam. They stated the incident was not introduced earlier than Thursday in an effort to preserve operational safety.
The officers stated it was not but clear what object the sub had struck however that it was not one other submarine. One official stated it might have been a sunken vessel, a sunken container or different uncharted object.
Two sailors aboard the Connecticut sustained reasonable accidents and about 9 others had minor accidents like scrapes and bruises, the officers stated. All had been handled aboard the sub.