A U.S. fast-attack nuclear submarine hit an "object" while submerged in the Asia-pacific region, but the incident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, the United States military said on Thursday (October 7).
The incident took place on Saturday (October 2) and the USS Connecticut's nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not impacted and remain operational, the Navy said in a statement.
It added that "the submarine remains in a safe and stable condition."
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place in international waters in the South China Sea.
Fewer than 15 people suffered minor injuries like bruises and lacerations.
The officials added that the submarine was now headed toward Guam under its own power for further inspection.
It was unclear so far what the submarine hit, the officials said.