The crash of the US nuclear submarine USS Connecticut in the Pacific Ocean last month still remains a mystery. China was already raising serious questions about this accident. Now the discussion about this has intensified in America as well. The US Defense Ministry has relieved the military officers who were operating this submarine from their responsibility.
American media reports mention that the USS Connecticut has been called a 'luxury sports car' among submarines there. Three billion dollars were spent on its construction. It is fitted with state-of-the-art electronic equipment. But despite being a submarine equipped with such an expensive and modern technology, questions are now being asked in American defense circles about how it crashed.
On October 2, the submarine collided with a rock under the sea. The US Navy says the submarine was then in the Pacific Ocean, 2,900 kilometers from the South China Sea.She operated from her own power generation plant. But the nuclear reactor on it was not damaged in this accident. But the US Navy has admitted that 11 of the people who were present on the submarine were hurt in the accident.
The US Defense Ministry, the Pentagon, has not released any further details about this yet. But on Thursday, the US Navy removed the officers leading the submarine operations team from their duties. Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Carl Thomas, the commander of the US Seventh Fleet, told American TV channel CNN – 'If the officers involved in shipping planning, submarine operations, and risk management had exercised discretion, the accident could have been avoided. The atmosphere under the ocean is very difficult, in which a small mistake can have serious consequences.
David Sandwell, a professor of geophysics at the California-based Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told the same channel that more than 50 percent of the sea floor near the South China Sea has yet to be measured. He said- 'So it's not surprising that you bump into something there. 'The South China Sea is the third busiest sea route in the world.
The US Navy also did not say exactly where the USS Connecticut collided with the rock. Sandwell said that using the vertical gravity grading method, they have identified 27 locations where the collision may have occurred. He said- 'These are the places about which gravity suggests that there is a surface depth of less than 400 meters. That is, even after going there at such a depth, the submarine can hit something.
Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry has once again asked questions to the US about this. It has asked the US government to clarify for what purpose the nuclear submarine went to that area. At the same time, he has asked to tell the exact place where the accident happened and whether there was a nuclear leak due to the accident. A CNN comment states that the US has not given this information. But as far as the South China Sea is concerned, it has always been its policy to maintain secrecy.