US Submarine Officers Relieved of Duty for Collision

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Three officers connected the USS Connecticut (SSN 22), a nuclear-powered submarine, were relieved of work for hitting an uncharted underwater upland during a ngo successful the South China Sea past month, the U.S. Navy announced connected Thursday.

Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commandant of U.S. Seventh Fleet, relieved Cmdr. Cameron Aljilani arsenic commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Cashin arsenic Executive Officer, and Master Chief Sonar Technician Cory Rodgers arsenic Chief of the Boat, owed to “loss of confidence,” the U.S. Navy said successful a statement.

“Thomas determined dependable judgment, prudent decision-making, and adherence to required procedures successful navigation planning, ticker squad execution, and hazard absorption could person prevented the incident,” the connection read.

Epoch Times Photo Cmdr. Cameron Aljilani, commanding serviceman of the Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22), right, speaks with Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, during a circuit of the submarine astatine Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Aug. 2. Connecticut is conducting maritime operations successful the U.S. 7th Fleet to support a harmless and unfastened Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda S. Kitchner)

The USS Connecticut struck an entity connected Oct. 2 portion submerging successful the South China Sea, injuring 11 unit without life-threatening injuries.

The Navy said it would analyse the incidental astatine the time.

“The probe determined USS Connecticut grounded connected an uncharted seamount portion operating successful planetary waters successful the Indo–Pacific region,” a spokesperson for the Seventh fleet told USNI News.

The Seventh fleet is the largest forward-deployed U.S. fleet, and its country of work includes the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The Navy hasn’t provided immoderate harm accusation but USNI News reported that the guardant conception of the submarine was struck, damaging the ballast tanks and forcing the submarine to transit connected the aboveground for a week to Guam.

The Navy announced that USS Connecticut remains successful Guam portion undergoing harm appraisal and volition instrumentality to Bremerton, Washington for repairs.

The Navy besides said Capt. John Witte would presume duties arsenic interim Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joe Sammur would beryllium the interim Executive Officer, and Command Master Chief Paul Walters would enactment arsenic interim Chief of the Boat.

On Tuesday, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged the United States to springiness a “detailed statement of the incidental and afloat code determination countries’ interest and doubt.”

“The cardinal is to halt deploying subject craft and warships to harass and provoke others and flex muscles, and to halt harming different countries’ sovereign security, different it volition beryllium inviting more, not fewer, akin incidents,” Wang said during the property briefing.

Li Hai


Li Hai is simply a New York-based newsman for The Epoch Times.

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