According to the US Navy, a US nuclear-powered submarine suffers underwater collision when an “object” hit while submerged in international seas in the Indo-Pacific region, wounding several of the crew.
US Navy said in their press release, “The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) suffers underwater collision when an object hit on the afternoon of 2nd October in the international waters of Indo-Pacific region”.
The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition and USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational, it added.
According to USNI , “about 11 sailors were hurt in the incident with moderate to minor injuries”. The attack boat is now headed to Guam and is expected to pull in within the next day. 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, USNI News further added.
US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Reuters news agency the incident took place in the South China Sea and that “fewer than 15 people” suffered minor injuries such as bruises and cuts. Two of the injuries were categorised as “moderate”, Reuters reported.