SSN collision in Indo-Pacific (USS Connecticut)

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Pacific Fleet release: "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 safety of the crew remains the Navy’s top priority. There are no life-threatening injuries.

The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’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. The U.S. Navy has not requested assistance. The incident will be investigated.”



Not the first time something like this has happened, but probably isn't ideal timing with the current situation re: Taiwan


USNI is the only one I see carrying this, and they don't have anything of substance outside of the short release.
 

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Maybe it was an overboard and sunken container that attained neutral buoyancy...somehow. Yeah, I'm not buying it either.

Is it just me or does the timing of a Seawolf suddenly needing yard time raise a red flag?
 

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Maybe it was an overboard and sunken container that attained neutral buoyancy...somehow. Yeah, I'm not buying it either.

Is it just me or does the timing of a Seawolf suddenly needing yard time raise a red flag?

It's just you.

There are any number of things she might have hit. My money is on some sort of terrain feature, like San Francisco.

If it was a collision with a Chinese vessel, they would be screaming bloody murder about it by now.

Edit: pretty good article from the Guardian (citing a version of a Washington Post story that I can't find right now). They cite Navy sources confirming that whatever Connecticut hit wasn't Chinese and wasn't another sub.

 
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It's just you.
Ouch. Put me in my place didn't ya.

It is entirely possible that it was another San Francisco incident, perhaps even likely but you will excuse me if a "navy source" ruling out a collision with another vessel doesn't in fact rule it out for me. Pinch of salt and all that.

Whether enemy action or Sod's (Murphy's) Law, the timing is still noteworthy. An operational Seawolf would be handy in the Pacific about now.
 

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It's just you.
Ouch. Put me in my place didn't ya.

It is entirely possible that it was another San Francisco incident, perhaps even likely but you will excuse me if a "navy source" ruling out a collision with another vessel doesn't in fact rule it out for me. Pinch of salt and all that.

Whether enemy action or Sod's (Murphy's) Law, the timing is still noteworthy. An operational Seawolf would be handy in the Pacific about now.
Like the F-22, it's a shame we didn't buy more of them. Carter isn't an SSN anymore, Connecticut out of commission, and Seawolf all by herself. (If she's not tied up at the pier.)
 

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It's just you.
Ouch. Put me in my place didn't ya.

It is entirely possible that it was another San Francisco incident, perhaps even likely but you will excuse me if a "navy source" ruling out a collision with another vessel doesn't in fact rule it out for me. Pinch of salt and all that.

Whether enemy action or Sod's (Murphy's) Law, the timing is still noteworthy. An operational Seawolf would be handy in the Pacific about now.

Yes, it's unfortunate timing. But the jump to "they are probably lying" is really unhelpful.

It also doesn't actually jibe with observed reality. I can't think of an actual collision involving a US warship in the last 20-plus years that wasn't acknowledged very promptly. Because there is no upside in denying an event that the other party will also know about and be able to disclose when it suits them.
 

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Well in fairness, I haven't really jumped anywhere. I'm just not willing to rule anything out. There is a difference. A wry dose of scepticism (cynicism?) for the official line is no bad thing IMO. There were certainly enough unexplained Sub-bumps during the Cold War to justify some doubt. Speculation is no crime.
 

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Fair. I was maybe a bit harsh. My feeds today have been filled with claims that they hit anything from a Chinese submarine to Cthulhu to space aliens.

In the realm of semi-official news, the sub is now reportedly in Guam waters. Guessing they might be waiting for daylight to bring her into port.

 

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Okay out of my league when it comes to boats and such, but I agree it is most likely a navigation error into terrain. That said, and at the risk of sounding conspiratorial, I have been told that back in the Cold War days the US Navy and the Soviet Navy had a number of instances of "bumping into each other", that remained official state information. It would seem more difficult to keep that level of information security in this day and age, but if the US Navy and the PLAN are indeed "practicing" on each other it is more feasible, that the incident would remain close hold.

... now where is my tin foil? You know they are going to microwave my brain now.
 

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Okay out of my league when it comes to boats and such, but I agree it is most likely a navigation error into terrain. That said, and at the risk of sounding conspiratorial, I have been told that back in the Cold War days the US Navy and the Soviet Navy had a number of instances of "bumping into each other", that remained official state information. It would seem more difficult to keep that level of information security in this day and age, but if the US Navy and the PLAN are indeed "practicing" on each other it is more feasible, that the incident would remain close hold.

... now where is my tin foil? You know they are going to microwave my brain now.

Thing is, the Chinese are publicly demanding information on what happened, because they claim it's in their area of interest. If they were involved and there was some tacit agreement to suppress that information, they probably wouldn't be yelling so loudly about it.
 

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Okay out of my league when it comes to boats and such, but I agree it is most likely a navigation error into terrain. That said, and at the risk of sounding conspiratorial, I have been told that back in the Cold War days the US Navy and the Soviet Navy had a number of instances of "bumping into each other", that remained official state information.
They talk about at least on of those here:

 

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Okay out of my league when it comes to boats and such, but I agree it is most likely a navigation error into terrain. That said, and at the risk of sounding conspiratorial, I have been told that back in the Cold War days the US Navy and the Soviet Navy had a number of instances of "bumping into each other", that remained official state information. It would seem more difficult to keep that level of information security in this day and age, but if the US Navy and the PLAN are indeed "practicing" on each other it is more feasible, that the incident would remain close hold.

... now where is my tin foil? You know they are going to microwave my brain now.

Thing is, the Chinese are publicly demanding information on what happened, because they claim it's in their area of interest. If they were involved and there was some tacit agreement to suppress that information, they probably wouldn't be yelling so loudly about it.
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Fair. I was maybe a bit harsh. My feeds today have been filled with claims that they hit anything from a Chinese submarine to Cthulhu to space aliens.

In the realm of semi-official news, the sub is now reportedly in Guam waters. Guessing they might be waiting for daylight to bring her into port.

Just as well they didn’t see Cthulhu before they hit him…

And does seeing him after you’ve run him over still drive you mad?
 

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Just as well they didn’t see Cthulhu before they hit him…

Someone did . . .


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most likely a navigation error into terrain
It doesn't even need a navigation error, plenty of undocumented seamounts out there still. IIRC the San Francisco incident correctly, that seamount wasn't documented - the command crew were pulled not because they knew it was there, but because their transit plan wasn't cautious enough.
 

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It's just you.

There are any number of things she might have hit. My money is on some sort of terrain feature, like San Francisco.

If it was a collision with a Chinese vessel, they would be screaming bloody murder about it by now.

Edit: pretty good article from the Guardian (citing a version of a Washington Post story that I can't find right now). They cite Navy sources confirming that whatever Connecticut hit wasn't Chinese and wasn't another sub.


The Navy hasn't always been very "forthcoming" when it comes to Submarine affairs.

Plenty of Cold War stories from submariners to substantiate that, and we are in the midst of a new Cold War.
 

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With all the sonar and other equipment on these subs why didn't they
see what was around them before the collision .
 

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With all the sonar and other equipment on these subs why didn't they
see what was around them before the collision .
Sonar is like shining a torch, everyone can see you from 50 miles away. I'm not sure what other equipment you mean.

AFAIK subs run blind - thats why Navies have mapping ships.
 

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I was thinking passive sonar and had not considered everyone picking up
your own sonar . Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I didn't know
they ran blind.
 

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Surprised we haven't gotten a picture yet; there are rumors that the bow dome is pretty much wiped out, which is what you'd expect in a CSIT (Controlled Steaming Into Terrain -- a term I just made up)

Some enterprising Internet open-source IMINT types think they may have found her on the surface headed for Guam. Resolution too low to know for sure and definitely too poor to even guess at damage.

View: https://twitter.com/pjonesbilly/status/1447174736157593600
 
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