The USS Connecticut nuclear submarine collided with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AP
The USS Connecticut nuclear submarine collided with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AP

US nuclear submarine accident sparks safety fears in South China Sea

  • Busy waterway’s complex underwater terrain and shipping litter make it a challenging environment for the giant vessels
  • Collision has also highlighted the difficulties in safely disposing of the reactors from decommissioned subs, with no agreed guidelines, experts say

Topic |   South China Sea
The USS Connecticut nuclear submarine collided with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AP
The USS Connecticut nuclear submarine collided with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AP
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