The US Navy has revealed that a nuclear-powered submarine hit an underwater object in the South China Sea.
The USS Connecticut fast-attack submarine was on its way from the disputed area to Guam at the time of the mysterious collision.
This incident has come to the fore amid rising tensions over Taiwan. China About 129 warplanes flew over Taiwan in three days – a record number of incursions.
It has emerged that US troops are reportedly working covertly with the island’s military because of fears that Beijing may attempt an invasion soon.
The Navy confirmed that the sailors were injured in the collision but no one was in danger of life and all were safe.
in recent times chinese warship US and UK aircraft carriers have been shadowed while traveling through the South China Sea.
China is known to have a fleet of underwater drones, one of which was found by Indonesian fishermen late last year.
The service itself would not reveal any details about the object that struck the USS Connecticut.
But its impact ruled that it hit any land in the ship’s path, an unnamed official told navy times.
China claims a vast area of the South China Sea, which includes two island chains, the Paracels and the Spratly, which are known to be abundant in natural resources.
Beijing has engaged in massive military build-up in the region, building a network of artificial islands, which it uses to assert its territorial claim.
In response, the US is joined by Australia, Britain and France sailing warships through it to claim freedom of navigation.
Two crew members of the USS Connecticut crew suffered moderate bumps, bruises and bruises.
None of the 140 crew, made up of 14 officers and 126 enlisted sailors, needed to be evacuated.
It said the integrity of the nuclear-powered ship and its operational capability were not compromised as an investigation was launched by the US Pacific Fleet and the Naval Safety Center.
“The submarine is in a safe and stable condition,” the Navy said.
“USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and location were not affected and remain fully operational.
The damage done to the rest of the submarine is being assessed.
The Navy Times said it ceased reporting on the submarine incident until the USS Connecticut and its sailors were safe in the port of Guam.
Officials say preliminary information about what happened during the crash did not indicate anything hostile or the involvement of another ship in the incident, it reports.
The sub, which is armed with Tomahawk missiles, MK48 torpedoes, eight torpedo tubes, left Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, for deployment in May.
As tensions over Taiwan continue to rise, concerns have been raised that China is preparing for a high-tech war while the US is stuck in the Middle East.
China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to reunite it with the mainland by force if necessary.