American Sailors Injured After USS Connecticut Strikes Unknown Object in South China Sea

U.S. Navy sailors were injured after an attack submarine traveling in the South China Sea hit an unknown underwater object on Saturday.

The submarine, the USS Connecticut, is returning to port following the collision, USNI News reported on Thursday. The news outlet reported that about 11 sailors experienced minor or moderate injuries.

“The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. The safety of the crew remains the Navy’s top priority. There are no life-threatening injuries,” Captain Bill Clinton told USNI News.

He added that the submarine “remains in a safe and stable condition.”

“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 U.S. Navy has not requested assistance. The incident will be investigated,” he said.

The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet also noted the incident on Twitter Thursday.

“The #USNavy Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine struck an object while submerged on Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. There are no life threatening injuries,” it tweeted.

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