The US Navy said on Thursday that a US nuclear submarine was damaged after colliding with an unidentified object during underwater operations in Asia.
The USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, “hit an object while submerged during operations in international waters in the Indo-Pacific on the afternoon of October 2,” the Navy said in a statement.
It said there were no life-threatening injuries, but USNI News, a site specializing in Navy news, reported that about a dozen sailors were injured “with moderate to minor injuries.”
USNI News also said the submarine was operating in the South China Sea, where the US Navy has sought to challenge China’s disputed territorial claims over small islands, reefs and outskirts.
The Navy said the extent of the damage was being investigated and the incident was under investigation.
“The submarine is in a safe and stable condition. The nuclear propulsion plant and location of the USS Connecticut have not been affected and are fully operational,” it said.
USNI News said the vessel is now on its way to the US base in Guam.
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