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U.S – Oct. 2 The United States Navy on Thursday said that a nuclear submarine struck an object on October 2, while submerging in the South China Sea a heavily contested area in the western pacific hemisphere. The USS Connecticut (SSN 22), a Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine, was operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region when the collision happened, the Navy said in a statement. The Seawolf is the most capable submarine in the entire U.S Navy The Navy stated that “The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational,” reads the statement. “The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed. The U.S. Navy has not requested assistance.”
The last known instance where a submerged U.S. submarine struck another underwater object was in 2005. Then, USS San Francisco (SSN -711) struck an underwater mountain at full speed near Guam. One sailor died in the incident, USNI News reported
Seawolf-class submarines are exceptionally deadly quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors. The Seawolf-class has eight torpedo tubes and can hold up to 50 weapons in its torpedo room. But the Navy only has three Seawolf-class submarines because the construction stopped due to the end of the Cold War. It has a nuclear engine which makes its movements hard to detect. The Seawolf is one of the most if not the most deadly submarine in the entire face of the world.