US submarine commander fired after South China Sea crash

Commander Cameron Aljilani and two others had been faraway from their positions on Thursday following an investigation into the October 2 accident.

The US Navy has fired the commanding officer, government officer and high enlisted sailor of a nuclear-powered submarine that crashed into an underwater mountain on October 2, saying the accident was preventable.

Commander Cameron Aljilani and two others had been faraway from their positions on Thursday following an investigation into the crash within the disputed South China Sea.

The USS Connecticut was pressured to sail on the floor for per week to reach Guam.

“Sound judgement, prudent decision-making and adherence to required procedures in navigation planning, watch team execution and risk management could have prevented the incident,” the western Pacific-based seventh Fleet stated in a press release.

After a harm evaluation in Guam, the vessel will return to the US submarine base in Bremerton, Washington for repairs.

Last week the Navy stated the investigation confirmed that the submarine struck an uncharted “seamount” whereas patrolling under the floor.

Eleven sailors had been injured within the accident. According to studies, the crash broken the sub’s ahead ballast tanks, however its nuclear plant was not broken.

The US Navy recurrently conducts operations within the area to problem China’s disputed territorial claims on small islands, reefs and outcrops.

Aljilani was changed by an interim commanding officer.

For weeks, the reason for the incident had remained a thriller, with the US Navy initially saying that the submarine hit an “object” whereas underwater in worldwide waters.

The USS Connecticut is a Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and had 140 crew, together with 14 officers, on the time of the incident.

The Navy says the Seawolf vessels are “quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors”. They even have eight torpedo tubes.

The South China Sea is one world’s most disputed and economically vital waterways.

China claims almost the complete space underneath its controversial nine-dash line and has constructed synthetic islands and arrange army outposts in recent times.

Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines additionally declare components of the ocean, as does Taiwan.

The US has been conducting what it calls “freedom of navigation” operations within the South China Sea to claim navigational rights and freedoms according to worldwide regulation.

Tensions within the space have solely elevated since 2016 when the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague rejected China’s nine-dash line and dominated that Beijing had no historic title over the South China Sea after the Philippines challenged Beijing’s claims and actions over the disputed waterway.