October 10, 2021

U.S.S. Connecticut Damaged

U.S.S. Connecticut, a Seawolf class nuclear submarine homeported in Bremerton, limped into Apra recently having sustained collision damage while submerged in the South China Sea sufficient to injure 11 of her crew. 


There is no further information but damage to a U.S. submarine in the South China Sea does cause one to ponder.

 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 06:01 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Russians say it probably collided with a friendly sub, like a British, Australian, or South Korean.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Oct 11 09:53:31 2021 (LZ7Bg)

2 I hope that saying "haven't they let women on submarines now?" is a joke.

Naval personnel appears incredibly messed up, leaving some specialties with drastically too few trained people.  And, given all the other decaying stenches coming off of the federal government, the dysfunction in getting enough people trained on certain bits of navigation equipment may be deliberate.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Tue Oct 12 09:33:31 2021 (r9O5h)

3 The thing about a warship, especially a submarine, is that you really have depend on just a handful of people to keep the ship from making a permanent dive.  You certainly cross-train to a certain extent, but there are limits to that compared to, say, an infantry company.

That being said, it is certainly quite possible - the Norwegians lost one of their five frigates due in no small part to general crew ineptitude, which was not helped by the Royal Norwegian Navy having made a big deal about diversity and inclusion prior to the event...Apparently to the exclusion of competence.

The more likely, and scary probability, is crew fatigue especially among the specialists.  We seen this kind of thing appear in the Navy way too often in the last decade or so, with results ranging from bad, to very bad, to 'news hit the front page and people get relieved bad.'

I am withholding conclusions about what happened, because literally anything could happen even among submarines.  It was only over a decade ago that a French and a British boomer collided underwater, apparently with each not realizing the other was there until impact.  Heck, arguably the first underwater collision between submarines happened in the South China Sea, so something like this might be seen as par for the course.

Posted by: cxt217 at Tue Oct 12 19:53:12 2021 (MuaLM)

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