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US submarine collision: 'mystery object' now identified

By T.K. Randall
November 12, 2021 · Comment icon 40 comments

It's still unclear exactly how bad the damage is. Image Credit: US Navy
Last month a US nuclear submarine was reported to have collided with an unknown object in the South China Sea.
The incident, which involved the USS Connecticut, generated quite a bit of attention at the time, due - at least in part - to the intriguing lack of information regarding the identity of the object that the submarine had collided with.

According to reports, 11 crew members were injured, however fortunately nobody was seriously hurt.

Some speculated that the submarine had collided with an enemy vessel, while others maintained that the incident might have had something to do with the UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) that Navy pilots had previously pursued off the coast of the United States and which were rumored to be capable of operating both above and below the surface of the water.
Now though, according to the results of an investigation into the incident, what the submarine actually collided with was a previously uncharted seamount at the bottom of the South China Sea.

Essentially underwater mountains - these often huge structures can be found all over the world and are thought to be the remains of extinct underwater volcanoes.

They are targets for study by scientists due to their potential to host unique and varied wildlife.

They can also prove hazardous to vessels - as appears to have been the case here.

According to the NOAA, there are over 100,000 seamounts over 1km tall on the ocean floor, however scientists have so far only explored a tiny fraction of them - less than 0.1%.

Source: Live Science | 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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