Damaged USS Connecticut Seen for the First Time Since October Collision - Photo
The outlet writes that the submarine's final destination is the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Washington. It is unclear why the submarine has arrived in San Diego.
Following the incident, Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, Commander of the US 7th Fleet, which operates in the western Pacific, relieved three top commanders of the USS Connecticut from duty due to loss of confidence.
"[The admiral] determined sound judgement, prudent decision-making, and adherence to required procedures in navigation planning and risk management could have prevented the incident", read the statement.
The incident, which left 11 crew members injured, occurred on 2 October, with the Navy initially saying that the submarine hit an unknown object in "international waters". Days later, however, the US Navy released a statement saying that the USS Connecticut struck an "uncharted seamount", while in the South China Sea, a highly contested area claimed by several Asian countries, including Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China. The United States has no claims to the area, but often conducts missions in the South China Sea citing freedom of navigation.
"Such an irresponsible, cagey practice gives regional countries and the international community every reason to question the truth of the incident and the intentions of the US", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.