A nuclear powered US military assault submarine has struck an object whilst submerged in world waters within the South China Sea, officers have stated.
11 sailors have been harm – two suffered average accidents and the remaining had minor scrapes and bruises, officers stated. All have been handled at the sub.
In a short lived remark on Thursday that equipped few main points of the incident, which took place 5 days in the past, US Pacific Fleet stated the united statesConnecticut remained in a “secure and strong situation”, that there have been no life-threatening accidents and the sub was once nonetheless totally operational.
The Seawolf-class submarine’s nuclear propulsion plant was once now not affected, it added.
“The level of wear and tear to the rest of the submarine is being assessed,” the remark stated, including that the incident will probably be investigated.
The remark didn’t specify the site of the incident, however two military officers, talking on situation of anonymity to speak about main points now not introduced publicly, stated it took place within the South China Sea whilst the Connecticut was once engaging in regimen operations.
The officers stated the sub then headed towards port at Guam. They stated the incident was once now not introduced prior to Thursday so as to handle operational safety.
The officers stated it was once now not but transparent what object the sub had struck however that it was once now not some other submarine. One reliable stated it would had been a sunken vessel, a sunken container or different uncharted object.