Weakened USS Connecticut Pulls Into Homeport of Bremerton In advance of Repairs

December 23, 2021 Off By [email protected]_84

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) Sea Wolf-course nuclear attack submarine leaving San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2021. San Diego WebCam Picture

Attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) pulled into its homeport in Bremerton, Clean., on Tuesday soon after transiting the Pacific Ocean on the surface area thanks to injury from a collision in the South China Sea.

Connecticut attained Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton just after pulling into the San Diego harbor a little about a week back next a surface area transit from Guam.

“The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) arrived in Bremerton, Wash., 21 Dec. Connecticut returned to Naval Foundation Kitsap adhering to a consistently scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific Location,” Cmdr. Cindy Fields, a spokesperson for Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, claimed in a assertion.

While Connecticut went as a result of an first round of repairs in Guam, the Navy in November introduced the submarine would endure much more repairs in Bremerton. The boat was destroyed when it hit an unmapped seamount in the South China Sea in October, an incident that led the Navy to minimize the submarine’s commanding officer, government officer and main of the boat.

The collision ruined the ballast tanks and ahead part of the boat, USNI Information formerly claimed. The submarine had to conduct the transit from Guam to San Diego, Calif., and San Diego to Bremerton totally on the area due to the hurt, USNI News understands. The collision rendered the boat’s sonar dome inoperable, building it unsafe to journey underwater.

Though the boat is slated to end the rest of its unplanned repairs in Bremerton, the Navy’s public shipyards by now facial area a backlog of get the job done. Jay Stefany, the Navy’s performing acquisition govt, explained to Congress in October that fixing Connecticut at a person of the public yards would very likely influence the workflow.

“If we ended up accomplishing [the Connecticut work] in just one of the general public shipyards that would certainly induce perturbations in all the other operate in the shipyards,” Stefany explained to the Property Armed Expert services readiness subcommittee at the time.

“It just reveals how … the planet will get a vote and matters alter and unpredicted incidents generate extra need for repairs… The attack subs have constantly been the poor cousin in the general public shipyards in terms of acquiring priority, but we know notably a Seawolf-course submarine is really valuable in terms of the mission in that part of the planet,” he included.