The US Navy’s Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) has been involved in an underwater collision during operations in the Western Pacific.
According to a statement from the US Pacific Fleet, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on October 2. The crew and the submarine are safe, and there are no life threatening injuries.
The navy added that the submarine’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.
An USNI News report said USS Connecticut is returning to a port in the US 7th Fleet.
While no additional details have been provided, the navy said the incident will be investigated.
USS Connecticut got underway from its Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton homeport on May 27 for a deployment to the Pacific, after a battle with bed bugs in late 2020 and early 2021.
During its 2021 deployment, the submarine operated in the Western Pacific visiting Japan twice.