Mystery Surrounds What Happened To U.S. Nuclear Submarine As China Accuses U.S. Of Cover-Up | Eastern North Carolina Now | Mystery continues to surround what happened to the USS Connecticut earlier this month when the submarine reportedly struck an object underwater in the South China Sea that caused significant damage to the vessel, forcing it to surface and immediately go to Guam for initial repair assessments.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This older, but yet to be published post is finally being presented now as an archivable history of the current events of these days that will become the real history of tomorrow.

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ryan Saavedra.

    Mystery continues to surround what happened to the USS Connecticut earlier this month when the submarine reportedly struck an object underwater in the South China Sea that caused significant damage to the vessel, forcing it to surface and immediately go to Guam for initial repair assessments.

    "As of Tuesday afternoon, the undersea object that damaged the forward section of USS Connecticut (SSN-22) had not been definitively determined as part of several investigations into the Oct. 2 incident," USNI News reported. "Early indications were Connecticut hit a seamount in the South China Sea, two defense officials familiar with the Navy's examination of the submarines told USNI News, but that has not been confirmed by investigators."

    The submarine's forward ballast tanks were damaged during the incident, although the reactor compartment of the submarine was undamaged from the incident.

    "Since returning to Guam, the boat is still under evaluation for the scope of repairs by Naval Sea Systems Command, personnel from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), Fields told USNI News on Tuesday," the report added. "The teams will first determine what repairs Connecticut needs to leave Guam safely and then follow-on repairs, Fields said. The closest dry dock for major submarine maintenance is in Hawaii. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, which is near the attack boat's homeport in Bremerton, Wash., is the second closest dry dock."

    The U.S. Navy released the initial statement back on October 7th about the incident:

    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.


    China has used the incident to try to accuse the U.S., without evidence, of engaging in some sort of a cover-up.

    "The Chinese side has repeatedly expressed grave concerns over the matter and asked the U.S. side to make clarifications," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. "We have seen nothing but a brief and vague statement issued by the U.S. military with procrastination, and a confirmation by a so-called informant that the incident did happen in the South China Sea. Such an irresponsible, cagey practice gives regional countries and the international community every reason to question the truth of the incident and the intention of the U.S."

    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has previously dismissed accusations from China that the Biden administration was engaged in a cover-up, noting that "it's an odd way of covering something up when you put out a press release about it."
Go Back


Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )




Youngkin Takes Lead Over McAuliffe With Just Days Left In Virginia’s Governor Race Daily Wire, Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics ‘The Poison Frog Strategy’: War Game Warns Of New Threat From Communist China Against U.S., Taiwan


HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

An assistant U.S. attorney found to have sexually assaulted his or her date will not be held accountable by prosecutors.
As part of ongoing celebrations for Latinx Heritage Month, millions of revelers gathered to remember that day just a few years ago when someone made up the word "Latinx" out of thin air.
Small businesses are concerned about profit margins amid inflationary pressures, as well as issues such as crime rates and stricter tax enforcement, according to a poll released by Job Creators Network.
Is this the next pandemic? Health experts claim that a sudden, unexpected illness is expected to cause many American employees to stay home, some for a week or more, on May 12, 2023.
MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd appeared to have a difficult time accepting Vice President Kamala Harris’ assertion that the U.S.-Mexico border was secure.
North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 3.5% in August after remaining flat at 3.4% for four consecutive months prior, according to the latest release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Pope Francis asked for prayers on Sunday ahead of a trip this week to the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan for an international meeting with religious leaders.

HbAD1

After being removed from a scenic island off the coast of Massachusetts and placed on a bus headed for a nearby military base, immigrant José Valdez has reportedly begun suspecting that the Martha's Vineyard resident who promised to be his pen pal was not actually being serious.
Retired Gen. Frank McKenzie warned on Sunday that the U.S. has limited intelligence capacity in Afghanistan 21 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
N.C. lawmakers accuse redistricting plaintiffs of trying to "disestablish" the General Assembly's authority to draw state election maps.
On the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) invoked the January 6th Capitol riot.
Everyone is either a member of a family, or has close association with a family that is forced to shelter a pathetic character, ignobly tolerated; a family member that exists only to be a monumental embarrassment on their best days; their worst days are horror stories.
Superstar Chris Pratt sent a message Sunday to all those people who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 — who “risked their lives for us and our country.”
Prison reform advocates are celebrating the NYPD's unprecedented move to put dangerous criminals back out on the street as quickly as possible with the unveiling of the new giant slide.
A new poll indicates that Georgia GOP candidate Herschel Walker is gaining speed in the Peach Tree State’s senate race against incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

HbAD2

 
Back to Top