USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, was damaged in an underwater collision while operating in the Indo-Pacific region earlier this month, U.S. Navy revealed on Thursday, Oct. 7.
“The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement.
“The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed,” the Navy said, but added that the overall condition of the submarine remains safe and stable, and it did not need assistance.
The attack submarine’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were also not affected and remain fully operational.
The Navy declined to say how many sailors were injured but only revealed that “there are no life threatening injuries.”
It also remains unclear what object the USS Connecticut collided with in the incident, which the Pacific Fleet said: “will be investigated.”
USS Connecticut, one of only three Seawolf-class submarines, is considered among the world’s most powerful submarines and was built to hunt down Soviet ballistic missiles and attack submarines in deep water.
Military Times citing one source, said that the ship has had to transit at the surface and is slated to arrive in Guam on Thursday.
It is also unclear whether damage to the USS Connecticut will affect its mission readiness.