2021-10-08 03:50:01 US submarine hits ‘object’ while underwater in South China Sea | South China Sea News
US submarine hits ‘object’ while underwater in South China Sea | South China Sea News
According to the Navy, some members of the crew of the nuclear-powered USS Connecticut suffered minor injuries in the collision.
According to the US Navy, a US nuclear-powered submarine collided with a “object” while submerged in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region, injuring some of the crew.
The Navy said in a brief statement on Thursday that none of the sailors on board the USS Connecticut suffered life-threatening injuries.
The incident occurred on Saturday, according to the report.
“The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition,” according to the statement. “The nuclear propulsion plant and spaces on the USS Connecticut were unaffected and remain fully operational.”
The statement did not elaborate on what the vessel collided with, where the incident occurred, or how many sailors were injured.
According to US officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to Reuters, the incident occurred in the South China Sea and “fewer than 15 people” suffered minor injuries such as bruises and cuts. According to Reuters, two of the injuries were classified as “moderate.”
“The crew’s safety remains the Navy’s top priority,” the statement said, adding that the incident was being investigated.
The South China Sea is one of the world’s most contentious and economically important waterways. China claims almost the entire area under its contentious nine-dash line, and in recent years has built artificial islands and established military outposts.
Parts of the sea are also claimed by Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, and the Philippines, as well as Taiwan.
Malaysia summoned China’s envoy this week after Chinese vessels entered Kuala Lumpur’s territorial waters off the coast of Borneo.
The United States has been conducting “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea in order to assert navigational rights and freedoms in accordance with international law. Tensions in the region have only risen since 2016, when the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague rejected China’s nine-dash line and ruled that Beijing lacked historic title to the South China Sea following the Philippines’ challenge to Beijing’s claims and actions in the disputed waterway.
According to the US Navy, the submarine is now on its way to Guam.
The USS Connecticut (SSN 22) is a Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine with 140 crew members, including 14 officers. According to the Navy, the Seawolf ships are “quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors.” They have eight torpedo tubes as well.