Update: USS Connecticut Hit Uncharted Underwater Seamount

Maybe a green laser LIDAR system, they are good for a couple of hundred meters in seawater in the right conditions but someone had better have their finger on the jog button and both eyes on the display or whammo!

If the boat is doing 10 knots and the LIDAR range was 100 meters they would have about 20 seconds to avoid the obstacle.

No “Goats”; however ‘MBLU’s’ should have been “awarded” to those on “watch”. A, “Master of the Bastard Lash-Up”. would have been a fitting award for several of those watch keepers.

Did we know that USS Connecticut was not the only sub to hit a seamount? USS San Francisco did the same in 2005. Hit it at 30 kts and surfaced to tell the tale. My God, they build them tough. Good photo of the result in this article from Popular Mechanics. Hopefully not behind a paywall.

(Pop Mech has great articles on naval stuff. Keeps it simple.)

IIRC they took the bow from another one that was building to repair this one.

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Hit with a glancing blow that cost $88 million and took 3 years to repair.

Word on the docks is Connecticut will probably be scrapped because we don’t have the resources to repair it. This has or will become a huge political football and a source of amusement for the Chinese.

Now here’s an opportunity for Australia to get a submarine nuclear power plant to train our submariners in the technology prior to us getting operational SSNs. Park it at our sub base and lend us a few instructors. US submariners love it here. Spread the word.

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That makes too much sense and denies politicians kickbacks for bringing port barrel products to their campaign contributors.

Kind of a neat idea though, it could drive a big alternator as a load that feeds the grid.

Heading home under own power apparently:


USS CONNECTICUT (SSN 22) Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine coming into San Diego - note obvious damage to bow - December 12, 2021
Photo: Warshipcam

Lasers, interesting thought. I wonder how a laser would propagate through different layers of temperature, salinity, and biologics? Maybe DARPA knows!
Whether surfaced or submerged, high-tech or bare bones, “prudence” should be embraced by all mariners.