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The Navy Detected the Titanic Submersible’s Implosion 5 Days Ago, But It Was Kept Quiet: Report

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Shortly after the Titan submersible lost contact with the surface, the U.S. Navy used classified technology to detect noises the military “suspected” were caused by the vessel’s implosion, according to search officials.

The Wall Street Journal published an exclusive report on Thursday citing these officials, who stated that the search commander was informed of the discovery but that defense officials withheld the information.

Other sounds, including what sounded like “knocking,” were detected at various times during the search, but nothing has been definitively linked to the implosion of Titan.

“The U.S. held off making public what noises it had detected because it wanted to ensure search-and-rescue operations continued and couldn’t say for sure it was an implosion,” the Journal reported.

Due to national security concerns, the Navy requested that the Journal refrain from naming the system that detected the sounds.

The purpose of the system is to detect hostile submarines. Shortly after it lost contact with the outside world, the Navy began using it to aid in the search for the Titan.

The estimated location of the implosion noises aided search and rescue teams narrow the search area.

“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,” an unnamed senior U.S. Navy official told the Journal in a statement. “While not definitive, this information was immediately shared with the Incident Commander to assist with the ongoing search and rescue mission.”

“[T]he analysis of the acoustic data was a significant factor in scoping the search area, and thereby enabling the assets on scene to locate the degree of the debris field,” an unnamed defense official added, according to the Journal.

Subsequently, a debris field was discovered approximately 1,600 feet from the head of the Titanic wreckage that the submersible had intended to investigate.

On Sunday, the Titan submersible began its initial descent to investigate the Titanic’s wreckage, and it was last heard from less than two hours into its dive.

According to reports, the Titan launched with an estimated 96 hours of oxygen for its five occupants, meaning the group would have likely run out of air by Thursday morning.

The Navy Detected the Titanic Submersible’s Implosion 5 Days Ago, But It Was Kept Quiet: Report

There were reports of “underwater noises” detected by the Coast Guard on Wednesday morning, leading some to speculate that the crew was attempting to make contact with the outside world.

The families of those aboard the Titan were informed of the Navy’s findings on Thursday. The Coast Guard and OceanGate, the company that operated the Titan, both reported on the same day that the Titan had been lost and its occupants were presumed to have perished.

A defense official told the Journal that the U.S. would investigate further to ascertain if the Titan was the source of the implosion noises detected.

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