USS Connecticut enters San Diego after surface transit from Guam


The USS Connecticut (SSN-22) departs the Puget Sound Shipyard for sea trials following a maintenance availability Dec. 14, 2016. US Navy photo

USS attack submarine Connecticut (SSN-22) traveled to San Diego, Calif. On Sunday morning after crossing the Pacific Ocean on the surface due to damage from a collision in the South China Sea.

Ship watcher WarshipCam first posted a photo of the Seawolf-class attack submarine entering San Diego Harbor early Sunday.

The submarine crossed the Pacific Ocean entirely on the surface due to damage sustained in a collision in October, several Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. The boat’s sonar dome became unusable as a result of the collision, making it dangerous to travel underwater.

Connecticut struck an unmapped seamount in early October in the South China Sea, a collision that damaged ballasts and the bow of the ship, USNI News previously reported.

After striking the seamount, the boat sailed on the surface to Guam, arriving on October 8 for initial repairs and a damage assessment. The submarine left Guam at some point last month.

The Bremerton, Wash., Based boat is expected to undergo additional repairs at the Puget Sound Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, which already has a maintenance backlog. It is not known why the boat entered San Diego on Sunday morning.

After an investigation into the collision, the Vice Admiral Commander of the 7th Fleet of the United States, Karl Thomas, relieved the commander, the executive officer and the chief of the boat “because of a loss of confidence”.

The collision also led the Navy’s submarine forces to request a “withdrawal from navigation” last month.

“We have very rigorous boating safety procedures and they were not up to our standards,” Vice Admiral William Houston, Commander of Naval Submarine Forces, said of the ship’s leadership on the month. last.



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