USS Connecticut: Navy investigation finds that US nuclear-powered submarine hit unknown submarine

The USS Connecticut had been operating in the disputed waterway when it hit the object on October 2, but it was unclear at the time what it had hit.

“The investigation established that the USS CONNECTICUT was grounded on an unknown sea mountain while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” a 7th Fleet spokesman told CNN in a statement. The US 7th Fleet operates in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Although the Seawolf-class submarine suffered some damage to crew members and some damage, the Navy said the nuclear propulsion system was not damaged in the accident. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The command study for the USS Connecticut has been submitted to the Vice President. Karl Thomas, commander of the 7th Fleet, for his review, according to the statement. Thomas will decide whether “follow-up actions, including accountability, are appropriate.”

USNI News was the first to report the results of the survey.

The collision came at a particularly sensitive time in US-China relations as the Chinese military sent waves of aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. On the day of the crash, China flew 39 aircraft into the air force identification zone. Two days later, China flew a record 56 planes into the zone in a 24-hour period.

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Although the number of whims subsided in a short period of time, they have since resumed. On Sunday, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said eight planes from the People’s Liberation Army entered the air force’s identification zone, while another six flew in on Monday.

Meanwhile, tensions between Washington and Beijing have risen. Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for Taiwan to have “meaningful participation” in the UN, calling Taiwan’s participation “not a political issue but a pragmatic one”.

The statement sparked an angry reprimand from Beijing, which sees union with the independently ruled island as one of its primary goals and vehemently opposes Taipei’s participation in international fora.

“Should the US side choose to continue playing the bad ‘Taiwan card’, it would inevitably pose seismic risks to China – US relations, seriously undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and seriously harm US interests.” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said a day after Blinken’s statement.

Zhao also said Taipei’s current policy is “the greatest realistic threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

On Thursday, Taiwan’s defense minister openly acknowledged that US military personnel are training Taiwanese troops.

“The US military only helps train (our troops), but they are not based here,” Chiu Kuo-cheng said, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency.


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