“USS Connecticut collided with an object on the afternoon of October 2 while sailing under international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the US Navy said in a statement.
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The US Navy said Thursday, October 7, that a US nuclear submarine collided with an unidentified object while on patrol in the South China Sea, an area widely claimed by China, last weekend.
“USS Connecticut collided with an object on the afternoon of October 2 while sailing under the international waters of the Indo-Pacific.”The US Navy said in a statement. ‘No fatal injuries’, text, indicating that the sailors may have sustained minor injuries.
The US Navy added that the USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered Sea-Wolf-class submarine, was damaged but is still operating.
According to the Naval Institute, a research center close to the US Navy, USS Connecticut was participating in an international naval exercise in the South China Sea during the incident.
China claims nearly all of the South China Sea and has set up military outposts on small islands and atolls in the area. The United States and its allies regularly patrol the international waters of this region, to assert their rights to freedom of navigation, much to the chagrin of China.