11 hurt when submarine USS Connecticut collides with ‘object’ underwater in the Pacific – Kitsap Sun

PACIFIC OCEAN Eleven sailors were injured when the Bremerton-based USS Connecticut submarine struck an object underwater while deployed in the Indo-Pacific Region on Oct. 2.

A Navy official told the Kitsap Sunon backgroundthatthe submarine is en route to Guam following the collision, and the Pacific Fleet confirmed it is in "safe and stable condition."

The Connecticut's nuclear propulsion plant and areas were not impacted and "remain fully operational," though damages are being assessed, Pacific Fleet said in a statement.

"We will conduct a very thorough investigation to find out what happened," said Lt. Cmdr. James Adams of the Pacific Fleet.

A Navy official told the Kitsap Sun that two people on board endured "moderate" injuries treated by onboard medical staff, while others' injuries were minor.

The Navy has not requested assistance in the collision. A Navy official on background said that while the Connecticut does not have an escort, there are other Navy vessels in the vicinity capable of assisting if need be.

What, exactly, the Connecticut struck is unknown. A Navy official on background said it was not a vessel of the Navy, either one of the U.S. fleet or that of a foreign power.

The Connecticut departed Sinclair Inlet in late May for deployment. Over the winter, the boat battled a bedbug infestation that was ultimately eradicated.

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The USS Connecticut is among the country's most advanced and most capable submarines, one of three of the Seawolf class based at Naval Base Kitsap. The Connecticut and Seawolf are based in Bremerton, though they'll soon join sister boat USS Jimmy Carterat a new $89million pier at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

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The Navy built justthree of the Seawolf-classsubs, which each cost more than $3 billion to build. They are known as the most secretive, deep-diving and well-armed in the entire Navy. They're viewed by Naval experts as critical as the rhetoric of a "Great Power Competition" with China and Russia increases.

Josh Farley is a reporter coveringthe military and health care for the Kitsap Sun. He can be reached at 360-792-9227, josh.farley@kitsapsun.com or on Twitter at@joshfarley.

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