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Numerous Sailors Injured After US Submarine Struck by Mysterious Object in South China Sea

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Eleven sailors were hurt when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Connecticut struck an underwater object, the Navy has revealed.

The Navy classified two of the sailors as having moderate injuries, with the rest classified as having bumps and bruises, according to The Associated Press.

The incident took place during a patrol in international waters of the South China Sea.

“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,” Capt. Bill Clinton said, according to USNI News.

“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.

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The AP reported that two Navy officials who it did not name said the incident was not announced immediately due to operational security.

It was unclear what the sub hit. The conjecture was that a sunken vessel, a sunken container or some other object not on nautical charts was hit.

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China’s state-run Global Times newspaper said China’s Foreign Ministry voiced “grave concerns” about the incident, according to CBS News.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was quoted as urging the U.S. to “provide details, its purpose of cruising, and whether it caused a nuclear leak or damaged the marine environment.”

Alexander Neill, a Singapore-based defense expert, said the submarine probably “hit something big” and was “going really fast,” the BBC reported.

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He called the incident “uncommon but not unheard of.”

“The South China Sea has been increasingly saturated with naval vessels from a number of different countries. While there’s been a lot of show of force by surface vessels you don’t see the level of activity under the surface,” he said.

The last known incident of a Navy submarine hitting an underwater object came in 2005 when the USS San Francisco hit an underwater mountain. One sailor died in the crash.

The USS Connecticut, which is based at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington, began its deployment on May 27.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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