Navy nuclear-powered submarine strikes object in South China Sea
A US Navy nuclear-powered combat submarine struck an object in the South China Sea, officials confirmed.
Eleven service members suffered minor to moderate injuries, officials said. All of the injured parties received treatment on the submarine.
The US Pacific Fleet issued a brief statement, saying that the USS Connecticut was in “safe and stable condition.”
The craft’s nuclear propulsion plant was not affected, the statement said. “The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed,” the US Pacific Fleet added.
Navy officials told the Washington Post that the belief is that China did not cause the collision.