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The enlisted sailor of a nuclear-powered submarine that smashed into an underwater mountain on October 2 were fired by the US Navy on Thursday, claiming the accident could have been avoided. The crash had happened in the South China Sea, the Commander Cameron Aljilani and two others were relieved of their duties. China’s had territorial claims to small islands, reefs, and outcrops are periodically challenged by the US Navy in the region of the incident.
To reach Guam, the USS Connecticut was forced to sail on the surface for a week.
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 7th Fleet said in a statement.
The warship will return to the US submarine station in Washington for repairs after a damage assessment in Guam.
The navy announced last week that an examination revealed the submarine had collided with an undiscovered seamount while cruising beneath the surface.
The event resulted in the injuries of eleven sailors. According to sources, the collision damaged the submarine’s forward ballast tanks but not its nuclear reactor.