The U.S. Navy and Independent reports that a U.S. nuclear submarine struck an unidentified object while patrolling the South China Sea last weekend. The area is widely claimed by China.
«L ‘USS Connecticut On the afternoon of October 2 an object was struck while submerging in the international waters of the Indo-Pacific region., The U.S. Navy said in a statement. “No serious injury”, Citing a press release, suggests that the sailors may have been slightly injured.
L ‘USS Connecticut, The U.S. Navy says a nuclear-powered submarine has been damaged but is still working.
According to a naval agency of a think tank close to the U.S. Navy, TheUSS Connecticut He was participating in an international naval exercise in the South China Sea during the incident.
Freedom of navigation in the game
China claims ownership of the entire South China Sea and has established military outposts on small islands and atolls in the region.
The United States and its allies are frustrated with China’s assertion of the right to free navigation in the region’s international waters.
In mid-September, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia concluded a new strategic alliance in the Indo-Pacific region. It specifically offers, Delivery to Canberra Washington’s nuclear submarines. This deal, in turn, resulted Violation of a key contract Developed between France and Australia Significant diplomatic pressures.