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

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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