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U.S. nuclear submarine damaged in underwater collision in Pacific

The USS Connecticut is one of three Sea Wolf-class fast attack submarines, originally designed to hunt for Soviet subs.

Updated: October 7, 2021 - 4:32pm

A U.S. nuclear attack submarine was damaged in a collision while submerged in international waters, the Navy said.

The USS Connecticut struck an object Oct. 2 while operating in the Indo-Pacific region, according to officials from the U.S. Pacific Fleet. There are no life threatening injuries to sailors, the Navy also said.

"The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition," U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement. "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 USS Connecticut is one of three Sea Wolf-class fast attack submarines, originally designed to hunt for and attack Soviet submarines.

"The U.S. Navy has not requested assistance," Pacific Fleet said. "The incident will be investigated."

The Navy gave no other details on how the incident occurred.