Damaged attack submarine USS Connecticut leaves San Diego

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) Sea Wolf-class nuclear attack submarine leaving San Diego, California, December 15, 2021. San Diego WebCam Photo

The damaged USS nuclear attack submarine Connecticut (SSN-22) departed San Diego, Calif., On Wednesday, a Navy spokesperson confirmed to USNI News.

Connecticut arrived in San Diego on Sunday after a nearly month-long surface transit from Guam, USNI News reported. The Navy said the submarine was ultimately destined for Bremerton, Wash., For repairs after the collision.

The attack boat struck an undersea mountain on October 2, according to a summary of the investigation previously reported by USNI News. The impact on the South China Sea seamount damaged the sonar dome, making submarine travel unsafe, several Navy officials told USNI News.

Connecticut arrived in Guam to undergo a damage assessment with crews from the Puget Sound Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility and the crew of the Guam-based USS submarine Emory S. Land (AS-39).

A view of the bow of the attack boat, published by the WarshipCam ship tracking account, showed that the bow point of the submarine had been removed.

The ship’s captain, executive officer and ship’s chief were relieved of their command following the completion of an investigation by Vice-Admiral Karl Thomas, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, in early November.

“We have very rigorous navigation safety procedures and they were not up to our standards,” said Naval Submarine Commander, Vice Admiral William Houston last month.

Connecticut is one of three Sea Wolf-class nuclear attack ships – the Navy’s most capable and secretive submarines.

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