(Washington) A U.S. nuclear submarine collided with an unidentified object while patrolling the South China Sea last weekend, according to Chinese Navy reports and sources.
«L ‘USS Connecticut On the afternoon of October 2, it collided with an object while sinking in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region, “the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
“There was no fatal injury,” the statement said, adding that the sailors may have been slightly injured.
L ‘USS Connecticut, A SeaWolf-class nuclear-powered submarine, damaged but in working order, the U.S. Navy added.
According to the Naval Institute, the think tank closest to the U.S. Navy, theUSS Connecticut He was involved in the International Navy in the South China Sea at the time of the incident.
China claims almost the entire South China Sea and has built military bases on small islands and atolls in the region.
The United States and its allies are constantly patrolling the international waters of the region and asserting their rights to free navigation, much to the chagrin of China.