A US nuclear-powered submarine hit an unknown object within the South China Sea with 11 sailors struggling primarily minor accidents, in keeping with officers.
The usConnecticut is in a “secure and steady situation” after the incident on 2 October, stated a press release by the US Pacific Fleet.
The Seawolf-class assault submarine is nuclear-powered however the fleet stated its propulsion system was unaffected and is “absolutely operational”.
Two Navy officers, talking anonymously to the AP information company, stated it was unclear what the submarine hit nevertheless it was not one other sub.
One stated it could have been a sunken ship, container or one other uncharted object.
The precise location of the collision was not specified within the official Pacific Fleet assertion, which stated it occurred whereas submerged in “worldwide waters within the Indo-Pacific area”.
“The security of the crew stays the Navy’s high precedence. There are not any life threatening accidents,” stated the assertion.
“The extent of injury to the rest of the submarine is being assessed. The U.S. Navy has not requested help. The incident will likely be investigated,” it added.
The Navy officers stated two sailors had sustained reasonable accidents and 9 minor accidents, resembling bruises and scrapes.
They stated the sub headed in direction of port at Guam after the incident, and that it was not introduced sooner with a purpose to preserve operational safety.