US Nuclear Submarine Involved In Incident That Injured 11, China Wants Answers

U.S. Navy photo by Thiep Van Nguyen II

U.S. military officials are investigating an incident that left a Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine damaged on Saturday.

Officials said that the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. Eleven service members suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Command.

The Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational, officials said. The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition and is not requesting assistance.

The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed the Navy said Friday.

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