Damaged US nuclear submarine arrives in Guam or collides in Xisha waters

By Eric

2021.10.10

The USS Connecticut, a Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, has been involved in an underwater collision in the South China Sea, injuring 11 sailors, a US official said on Friday (8). The U.S. military did not specify the location of the collision, but Chinese think tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Awareness (SSA) said on Sunday that the incident may have occurred near the Xisha waters.

According to the South China Sea Strategic Situation Awareness, a satellite captured a suspected Seawolf-class submarine at 48.7 nautical miles southeast of the Xisha Islands last Sunday (3), which was in an upward-floating state, suggesting that the submarine’s collision was most likely near Xisha, and that the submarine was once close to Sanya.

However, the U.S. military says the Connecticut hit a foreign object while diving in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region last Saturday afternoon (2), but has not yet disclosed what the object was.

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