The US nuclear-powered submarine USS Connecticut collided with an unknown object, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement. This happened in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. According to the announcement, the ship’s reactor and its structure were intact and remain fully operational, but many sailors on board were injured.
The collision took place in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region last weekend, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet announced on Thursday. The nuclear-powered submarine USS Connecticut remains in a “safe and stable condition” after impact, according to the Fleet’s press release.
CNN – citing two sources related to the US Department of Defense – reported that the incident took place in the South China Sea and that many seafarers were injured on board. However, none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.
According to a press release from the Pacific Fleet, the ship’s reactor and its structure remain intact and remain fully operational, the extent of damage to the rest of the submarine is assessed.
The Washington Post, citing an anonymous source, wrote that the collision message was released several days late to allow the unit to safely return to Guam to a US naval base. USS Connecticut made it to Guam without problems, according to the journal.
Incident during tensions between the US and China
According to the Japanese Kyodo agency, information about the incident appeared when tensions between Washington and Beijing arose in connection with the increasing incursions of Chinese military into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. According to the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, the United States, Japan and other US allies took part in military exercises in the waters southwest of Okinawa this weekend. Three American and British aircraft carriers participated in them, as well as destroyers of the Japanese Naval Self-Defense Forces and other ships.
PAP, CNN, Washington Post
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