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US nuclear sub collides with 'mystery object'

October 9, 2021 | Comment icon 22 comments

The USS Connecticut was launched in 1997. Image Credit: US Navy
A US nuclear attack submarine has suffered damage after striking an unknown object in the South China Sea.
According to reports, the submarine - the USS Connecticut - had been submerged when it ran into an unidentified object somewhere in the Indo-Pacific region last week.

11 crew members were injured in the collision, however fortunately nobody was seriously hurt.

The precise nature of the object that the submarine struck remains a mystery with officials neglecting to release any specific details, leading to speculation that the collision could have involved an enemy drone or some other type of underwater vehicle.
The USS Connecticut is one of three Seawolf-class submarines operated by the US Navy.

Exactly what its mission in the region was prior to the incident also remains unclear.

"The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition," the US Pacific Fleet Public Affairs office said in a statement. "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 US Navy has not requested assistance. The incident will be investigated."

Source: MSN | Comments (22)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by third_eye 8 days ago
Let's hope everyone dodges another magic bullet like this one eh?  ~  
Comment icon #14 Posted by Tatetopa 8 days ago
Maybe if its not in your orders.  How slow can a sub go and head butt another sub to play gotcha?  If its done with no serious damage to the sub and only two crew hurt in the US sub, that pretty astute piloting.  Maybe it is a message.  May not be true but it would make a great movie.
Comment icon #15 Posted by tortugabob 8 days ago
Probably a sea container that was slowly losing air and on the way to the bottom. Neutral buoyancy is what I think they call it.  
Comment icon #16 Posted by Autochthon1990 8 days ago
"Aww hell, we whanged Bin Laden, someone get the squeegee!" 
Comment icon #17 Posted by SD455GTO 7 days ago
What is o v a h ? (I don't search things).
Comment icon #18 Posted by MissJatti 7 days ago
It was Nessie on Vacation 
Comment icon #19 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 days ago
I am sure the rock was solid and steady, unheard of...
Comment icon #20 Posted by susieice 6 days ago
The sub is now in port in Guam. There were 11 crewmen with injuries, none serious. When it disclosed the Oct. 2 accident on Thursday, U.S. Pacific Fleet said that there had been no damage to the sub's nuclear propulsion system and that it had not yet determined what underwater object had been struck. It did not say where the collision happened, but other officials said it w... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by OverSword 6 days ago
Comment icon #22 Posted by aztek 4 days ago
there is so much junk and garbage down there, it is no surprising they collided with some of it,  ships sink, shipping containers fall overboard and sink, garbage of all sizes and origins is dumped there too,  and currents spread it all over the ocean floor.  

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