USS Connecticut Nuclear attack submarine underwater collision

Virgulino Ferreira

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One Of The Navy's Prized Seawolf Class Submarines Has Suffered An Underwater Collision

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42669/one-of-the-navys-prized-seawolf-class-submarines-has-suffered-an-underwater-collision

USS Connecticut's nuclear reactor was unaffected by the undersea accident, but the Navy won't say what exactly the submarine hit.

...11 sailors on the USS Connecticut suffered minor to moderate injuries in the accident....

Connecticut is present due to arrive in Guam today, where it is already Friday, Oct. 8. There are now reports that the collision occurred in the South China Sea....


You guys are getting really good at this! :D :D :D

 

Zonker

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If they're running in poorly charted waters with no sonar active (and relying on charts alone), it could have hit a seamount.

Because they said several sailors were injured it must have been a pretty hard stop.

This quote sure sounds like they hit a big lump of uncharted rock, not another sub.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42669/one-of-the-navys-prized-seawolf-class-submarines-has-suffered-an-underwater-collision

 "An official who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record said that the area’s topography at the time did not indicate there was a land mass in front of the boat," Military Times reported.

 
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coyotepup

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Because they said several sailors were injured it must have been a pretty hard stop.
Eh, maybe.  Article said 11 guys got bumps, bruises, and cuts.  That kind of thing can happen just from a surface ship taking a roll in heavy seas.  When the San Francisco hit a mountain, the boat went from flank speed to zero and injured almost the entire crew, broken bones galore, plus a guy who got killed.  In comparison, 11 guys with an ouchie could be anything from a light tap on the side of seamount, to hitting an unlucky whale.

 

Couta

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WooHoo! Sounds like Australia's first Nuked up Sub will soon be on lease to us Ozzies....available on a "scratch & dent" discount!!!

 

Zonker

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A container either sits on the surface or sinks to the bottom. Neutral buoyancy is very hard to achieve. Attack subs don't be driving around on the surface or within 8' of the bottom where a container would be.

A whale is possible. But a whale, even a max blue whale is 150T max. A Seawolf sub is 9000T.

A lower speed collision with a bottom feature is far more likely. Nobody is doing flank speed in the South China Sea like the SF. They're SNEAKING around!

 

view at the front

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They know what the bottom looks like, but perhaps not there?  We sailed with a NOAA commander that logged the bottom. . . they could draw contour lines around a car body in 10,000 feet of water.  The charts that are available to us are fantasy compared to what is available to them.

 

Virgulino Ferreira

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The Navy has just released this images of the accident:

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CaptainAhab

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My Dad and a few of my good engie friends worked on the Seawolf design. One of my guys was the composites engineer running the bow dome fabrication program.

It was(probably still is) the largest composite structure ever made. The typical hull section was 16" of solid fibre glass/vinylester resin. Many layups due to massive exotherm. The molds were made of steel. 

The domes of all the US subs are fibre glass so the forward looking sonar works.

 

gewoon ik

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If they're running in poorly charted waters with no sonar active (and relying on charts alone), it could have hit a seamount.

Because they said several sailors were injured it must have been a pretty hard stop.

This quote sure sounds like they hit a big lump of uncharted rock, not another sub.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42669/one-of-the-navys-prized-seawolf-class-submarines-has-suffered-an-underwater-collision

 "An official who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record said that the area’s topography at the time did not indicate there was a land mass in front of the boat," Military Times reported.
and they didn't look out of the windows 

ow wait

 
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