Several sailors injured after submarine USS Connecticut ‘struck an object’ underwater earlier this month

The fast-attack submarine Connecticut struck an object underwater while deployed in the Indo-Pacific region on Oct. 2, prompting an emergency detour to Guam. The ship is shown here leaving for deployment in May. (Navy)

Several sailors were injured Oct. 2 when the deployed fast-attack submarine Connecticut “struck an object” while submerged in the Indo-Pacific region, the Navy said Thursday.

None of the injuries were life-threatening and the vessel is arriving in Guam today, according to the sea service.

A Navy statement did not confirm what kind of object the submarine struck, but an official who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record said that the area’s topography at the time did not indicate there was a land mass in front of the boat.

There are also no indications that the mishap was hostile or that the sub collided with another vessel, according to the official, who cautioned that information on the incident is preliminary at this point.

While two crew members suffered moderate injuries, no one required evacuation from the boat, according to the official, who declined to provide a total number of sailors injured but described those injuries as “bumps, bruises and lacerations.”

Geoff Ziezulewicz

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