Submarine crash in South China Sea was ‘preventable,’ Navy investigation finds

The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) departs Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for sea trials following a upkeep availability, Dec. 15, 2016, in Washington. China is accusing the U.S. of a “lack of transparency and accountability” relating to an accident within the South China Sea involving the usConnecticut final month. Overseas Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, mentioned the U.S. ought to present full particulars of the incident. (Thiep Van Nguyen II/U.S. Navy by way of G3 Field Information) Thiep Van Nguyen II/G3 Field Information

Submarine crash in South China Sea was ‘preventable,’ Navy investigation finds

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A U.S. Navy investigation tasked with trying into the occasions that led to a nuclear submarine crashing into an “uncharted seamount” within the South China Sea final fall discovered the mishap was “preventable.”

The Oct. 2 underwater crash of the USS Connecticut that put the submarine out of fee for months occurred due to navigation planning and threat administration errors, amongst different errors, in line with a closing investigative report by Rear Adm. Christopher Cavanaugh.


“This mishap was preventable. It resulted from an accumulation of errors and omissions in navigation planning, watch crew execution, and threat administration that fell far under U.S. Navy requirements,” an government abstract of the investigation’s findings reads. “Prudent decision-making and adherence to required procedures in any of those three areas might have prevented the grounding.”

Eleven sailors suffered minor accidents within the incident, and the submarine’s nuclear propulsion was broken. Leaders aboard the submarine throughout the underwater crash have been relieved of their duties in November.

Three extra crew members are really useful to be relieved of their positions after the investigation.

The investigation crew, composed of 1 investigator and 13 different personnel, reviewed paperwork, interviewed witnesses, and performed inspections aboard the vessel.

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The crash spurred concern abroad, with Chinese language officers demanding “particular particulars” about what occurred and “whether or not the collision precipitated a nuclear leak or broken native marine atmosphere.”

The Connecticut is predicted to be out of operation for an “prolonged time frame” because of the injury sustained within the incident, the report states.

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