A nuclear submarine struck an underwater object in the South China Sea with 140 crew members on board, the US Navy revealed.
The USS Connecticut fast-attack submarine was heading to Guam through the disputed area when the vessel collided with a mystery injuring two of the sailors on board.
Thankfully, neither sailor is life-threateningly hurt as reports say they suffered moderate bumps, bruises and lacerations.
None of the 140 crew, members made up of 14 officers and 126 enlisted sailors, required evacuation.
The integrity of the nuclear-propelled ship and its operational capacity wasn’t compromised during the collision as a probe has been launched by the US Pacific Fleet and the Naval Safety Center.
The Navy said: "The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition.
“USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational.
“The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed.”
The sub, which is armed with Tomahawk missiles, MK48 torpedoes, eight torpedo tubes, left Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, deployed in May this year.
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The service itself wouldn't reveal any detail about the object that struck the submarine, however, its impact ruled out hitting any land in the path of the vessel, an unnamed official told Navy Times.
Navy Times said it held off reporting on the submarine incident until USS Connecticut and its sailors were safely in Guam’s port, the Sun reports.
The news comes as tensions between China and Taiwan following the threat of a high-tech war as the Chinese have vowed to unify the countries by force.
Fears China will start World War Three have been mounting since the communist nation has sent bombers into Taiwan air space in what was called an 'invasion war game.'
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The Chinese military incursion on Sunday involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, an anti-submarine aircraft, and four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, according to Taiwan's Defence Ministry.
Reports say the Taiwanese air force responded by scrambling combat aircraft, issuing radio warnings and deploying air defence missile systems to monitor the activity.
The Chinese aircraft flew in an area closer to the coast of China, roughly northeast of the island of Pratas, according to a map provided by the ministry.
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