US Navy Detected Submersible Implosion Hours After Contact Lost

Navy officials say a top secret acoustic detection system picked up the implosion of the Titan submersible hours after it began its voyage.

Senior Navy officials say a top secret military acoustic detection system developed to locate enemy submarines picked up what the U.S. Navy suspected was the implosion of the lost Titan submersible just hours after it began its voyage.

Earlier today, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a remote operated vehicle had discovered debris from the Titan submersible on the ocean floor.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Navy began listening for the Titan almost as soon as the sub lost communications, according to a U.S. defense official. Shortly after the submersible’s disappearance Sunday, the U.S. system detected what it suspected was the sound of an implosion near the debris site discovered Thursday and reported its findings to the commander on site, U.S. defense officials said.

“The U.S. Navy conducted an analysis of acoustic data and detected an anomaly consistent with an implosion or explosion in the general vicinity of where the Titan submersible was operating when communications were lost,” a senior U.S. Navy official told The Wall Street Journal in a statement.

While the official said the sound was “not definitive”, the Navy said it shared the information “immediately” with the incident commander.