New Delhi: At a time when US-China relations are facing great challenges, a nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy has collided with an unidentified “object” in international waters in the South China Sea, according to AP news agency .
What did America say?
US Navy officials issued a statement on Thursday detailing the incident, saying there were “no life-threatening injuries” and that the submarine was “fully operational”. However, it did not give any details about the nature of the object that the ship encountered.
Known as USS Connecticut, the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine collided with the said ‘object’ five days ago, but the incident was only reported on Thursday with operational safety in mind.
In its brief statement, the US Pacific Fleet did not mention much about the object, but clarified that Connecticut remains in a “safe and stable condition.” The nuclear propulsion plant of the submarine is also unaffected, the statement said.
“The damage to the rest of the submarine is being assessed,” the US Navy said. He also said that the incident will be investigated.
According to US Navy sources, the incident took place in the South China Sea when the USS Connecticut was conducting routine operations. According to sources, there is no clarity about the object the submarine collided with, but it was certainly not another submarine. One of the officers said it could be a sunken vessel, a container, or some other type of unidentified object.
Officials said the impact of the encounter was visible to all aboard the submarine. Two sailors received minor injuries, while at least nine others received minor injuries, such as bruises and bruises. After the encounter, the submarine proceeded to the port of Guam for further investigation, he said.