U.S. submarine hit unknown object in South China Sea

The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. The safety of the crew remains the Navy’s top priority. There are no life-threatening injuries.

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 extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed. The U.S. Navy has not requested assistance. The incident will be investigated.

Image credit: Chief Petty Officer Brett Cote.  The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port visit (July 31). Connecticut is conducting maritime operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet to maintain a safe and open Indo-Pacific.

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