WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy assault submarine struck an object whereas submerged in worldwide waters within the South China Sea, officers mentioned Thursday. They mentioned there have been no life-threatening accidents and the sub was nonetheless absolutely operational.
In a short assertion offering few particulars of an incident that occurred 5 days in the past, U.S. Pacific Fleet mentioned 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 mentioned, including that the incident will likely 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, mentioned it occurred within the South China Sea whereas the Connecticut was conducting routine operations. The officers mentioned the sub then headed towards port at Guam. They mentioned the incident was not introduced earlier than Thursday in an effort to preserve operational safety.
The officers mentioned it was not but clear what object the sub had struck however that it was not one other submarine. One official mentioned it might have been a sunken vessel, a sunken container or different uncharted object.
Two sailors aboard the Connecticut sustained average accidents and about 9 others had minor accidents like scrapes and bruises, the officers mentioned. All had been handled aboard the sub.