The damage to the US Navy’s “most prized possession” in the South China Sea has sparked panic in the United States Navy.
THE US Navy is in a panic after a US submarine crashed underwater in the South China Sea, damaging their “most prized possession.”
Following its October collision with an underwater mountain, the US Navy is reportedly considering scrapping the (dollar)3.5 billion nuclear-powered submarine.
The Sea Wolf submarines are the most expensive submarines ever produced outside of France, according to Military Watch Magazine, and are one of the US Navy’s “most highly prized assets.”
Due to the prohibitive costs, only three of the planned 29 were ever completed.
Each ship weighs 8,600 tons and is equipped with 140 crew members, 50 cruise missiles, and a variety of torpedoes.
The vessels are “quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors,” according to the US Navy.
Three senior officers were fired as a result of the incident, which took place in the disputed South China Sea.
Two sailors received moderate injuries and nine sailors received minor injuries such as bruises and scrapes, according to US Navy officials.
The submarine retreated to the port of Guam following the incident.
Because the South China Sea is one of the world’s most contested and economically significant waterways, the US navy’s crash is especially contentious.
The cause of the incident was unknown for weeks, with the US Navy initially claiming that the submarine collided with an “object” while submerged in international waters.
The submarine was stable, no life-threatening injuries were reported, and the submarine’s nuclear systems were unaffected, according to Washington.
Despite the US denying that any leakage occurred, the risk of fallout from damage to the nuclear-powered submarine allegedly prompted the deployment of a “nuke sniffer” plane to detect any leakage.
“USS Connecticut grounded on an uncharted seamount while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” a US Navy spokesman said of the incident.
Chinese officials, on the other hand, slammed the statement, saying, “The key is that the US military should stop sending warships and warplanes everywhere, flexing its military muscles and infringing on other countries’ security.”
“If we don’t do something, accidents like this will continue to happen.”
Under its controversial ‘nine-dash line,’ China claims ownership of almost the entire South China Sea and has built artificial islands and military outposts in recent years.
Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan are also part of the group.
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