Secret U.S. Navy underwater microphones detected the Titan sub’s implosion many days ago, per officials.
The Navy deployed a confidential acoustic detection system to look for signs of the submersible soon after it was informed to be missing on Sunday, a U.S. Defense official reported to The Wall Street Journal. The claim was reported by the Associated Press.
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An implosion was reportedly heard close to the site where the debris was located on Thursday, nearly 500m from the shipwreck of Titanic, soon after the OceanGate Expeditions submersible disappeared, per the report.
The system is typically used for monitoring enemy submarines, and the Navy requested that it not be identified owing to national security concerns, the Journal reported.
The U.S. Navy analysed acoustic data and saw an anomaly consistent with an explosion/implosion in the general vicinity of where the Titan sub was operating when contact was lost, a senior official explained to The Wall Street Journal.
Though not definitive, the information was immediately shared with the Incident Commander to assist with the search and rescue mission.
The official added that the Navy had reported the sound to the U.S. Coast Guard command.
The U.S. Navy used a passive sonar system, called a Sound Surveillance System to monitor Soviet submarines during Cold War.
On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard disclosed that the five crew members of Titan lost their lives in a catastrophic implosion on Sunday morning, soon after it had lost touch with the support ship on its 4,000m dive to the Titanic shipwreck.
The CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, Stockton Rush, Pakistan-based businessman Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman, a British billionaire named Hamish Harding, and a French adventurer Paul-Henri Nargeolet comprised the crew on the Titan when it lost touch with a support vessel less than two hours into its trip on Sunday.
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) could locate debris from the Titan sub on the seabed 1,600ft from the bow of Titanic’s wreck on Thursday morning, the First Coast Guard District commander, Rear Admiral John Mauger, reported at a press briefing.
The U.S. Coast Guard mentioned that it had discovered five major pieces of debris in the two fields containing the pressure hull’s separate ends.
Admiral Mauger implied that no crew member could have survived the implosion.
Harding’s family members paid tribute to the billionaire businessman, explorer, and aviator in a statement via his firm, Action Aviation, on Thursday.
References: The New York Times, Independent, Daily Mail Online
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