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US nuclear sub collides with 'mystery object'

By T.K. Randall
October 9, 2021 · Comment icon 40 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 (40)

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Comment icon #31 Posted by Doug1066 2 years ago
Russian Submarine Collides with Mysterious Underwater Object
Comment icon #32 Posted by pallidin 2 years ago
That was one of the suggestions considered. Or from China.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Ell 2 years ago
So I was right: they hit a mountain!
Comment icon #34 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 years ago
Like I said back then:  
Comment icon #35 Posted by DanL 2 years ago
They need to buy a little Hummingbird sonar unit and plug it in. I have one on my Bass Boat and assure you that I would spot the rise of a mountain before I ran into it. This is about the stupidest excuse that  I can imagine. Are they trying to tell us that our so sophisticated nuclear submarines are basically sailing around BLIND??? They can't even spot a mountain????? If they can't "detect"  mountain how are they going to find an enemy sub or even and enemy ship for that matter? If they are that useless they need to scrap them and hire some non-idiots to design a new submarine and put a hu... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 years ago
Well my friend , you can't have diversity, disabilities, equity in employment and efficiency working all together in the same package. Eventually north American societies would collapse against the strongest ones hiring ppl on competency only.
Comment icon #37 Posted by pallidin 2 years ago
They swim around being  "out-going signal/sonar blind" on purpose!!!!!!!!!! It's called submarine stealth. No out-going signal, no detection from an adversary. Hello! Shown in MANY movies, military documentaries, etc. Been done for many decades by all advanced nations. Of course, it does have it's risks.
Comment icon #38 Posted by DanL 2 years ago
Yeah, that sounds a lot like driving on a freeway with your eyes closed as a method for avoiding getting tickets for speeding. If you are powered up and moving anything near you knows where you are. The thing about the purpose of our modern submarine fleet is that they don't have to be in any particular place anymore to be a threat. A missile has a totally different range and targeting capability than the old up periscope and send a torpedo did. The big ones these days are mostly mobile underwater missile launching platforms. They stay deep to avoid detection and have no need to move fast once... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by SHaYap 2 years ago
More like a truck full of radioactive waste driving around blind and disguised ... ~
Comment icon #40 Posted by pallidin 2 years ago
Common military submarine procedure during stealth missions. ALL developed nations do this. That's how it ended-up bumping into an undersea mountain. Enough said.

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