According to USNI News, USS Connecticut (SSN-22) collided underwater on October 2 and is returning to port in the United States.
The submarine hit an object while sinking in the Indo-Pacific region.
There were no fatal injuries.
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USNI News has learned that a submarine of the US nuclear attack has been damaged in the international waters of the western Pacific Ocean.
A spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet confirmed to USNI News on Thursday that the Seoul-class nuclear attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) collided underwater while operating in international waters and was returning to the port of the US 7th Fleet.
“The Self-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) struck an object while sinking on the afternoon of October 2 while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. The safety of the crew remains a top priority of the Navy. There were no casualties, “Capt. Bill Clinton told USNI News.
“The submarine is safe and stable. The USS Connecticut nuclear propulsion plant and spaces have not been affected and are fully operational. The remaining damage to the submarine is being assessed. The U.S. Navy has not requested help. The incident will be investigated. ”
A navy official told USNI News that about 11 sailors were slightly injured in the incident. The attack boat is now heading for Guam and is expected to pull it in the coming days.
The naval base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash, based submarine was deployed in the Pacific on May 27, the Navy announced at the time. The service released pictures of submarines operating in the western Pacific Ocean between July and August, including port calls to Japan. Admin Carl Thomas, commander of the 7th Fleet of the United States, visited the submarine in August.