“The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of October 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. The safety of the crew remains the Navy’s top priority. There are no life threatening injuries,” the statement said.
“The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational. The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed,” the press statement said, adding that “the incident will be investigated.”
After the incident on October 2, the nuclear submarine moved to the surface position. She will arrive in Guam shortly.
The military did not specify what precisely the submarine encountered.
In 2005, USS San Franciso (SSN -711) struck an underwater mountain at full speed near Guam. One sailor died in the incident.