“USS Connecticut crashed into an object on the afternoon of October 2, the ship sank in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
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The U.S. Navy says on Thursday (Oct. 7) that a U.S. nuclear submarine crashed into an unidentified object while patrolling the South China Sea, which is widely claimed by China last weekend.
“USS Connecticut crashed into an object while sinking in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region on the afternoon of October 2”, The U.S. Navy said in a statement. “No fatal injuries”, The text clarifies, the sailors may have been slightly injured.
The U.S. Navy added that the USS Connecticut Sea Wolf Class nuclear power submarine was damaged but was still in operation.
According to the Naval Institute, a think tank near the U.S. Navy, the USS was participating in an international naval exercise in the South China Sea during the Connecticut incident.
China claimed the entire portion of the South China Sea and built military outposts on small islands and atolls in the region. The United States and its allies are constantly patrolling the region on international waters, to ensure the right to freedom of navigation and to grieve China.