11 sailors injured after USS Connecticut ‘struck an object’ underwater in the South China Sea

USS Connecticut (2016)(Source: US Navy)
USS Connecticut (Source: US Navy)

The U.S. Navy’s 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 US Pacific Fleet stated on Oct.7. The U.S. Navy made the incident public after 5 days.

According to the statement; there are no life-threatening injuries and 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.

The Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash., based USS Connecticut deployed for the Pacific on May 27.

USS Connecticut

USS Connecticut is one of three Sea Wolf-class boats. The first boat of its class, USS Seawolf, was commissioned in 1997. USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) comprise the rest of the class. USS Connecticut’s keel was laid down on 14 September 1992. She was launched on 1 September 1997 sponsored by Patricia L. Rowland, wife of the Governor of Connecticut, John G. Rowland, and commissioned on 11 December 1998.

Seawolf-class submarines are quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors.

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