The Titan submersible implosion was reportedly first detected by a top-secret military acoustic monitoring system hours after the submersible set off on its journey, according to authorities participating in the hunt.
The device is used to identify hostile submarines.
According to a U.S. defense official, the Navy started searching for the Titan almost immediately after the sub’s signals failed.
U.S. defense sources said that shortly after the submersible vanished on Sunday, a U.S. system nearby the debris site assumed it had heard the sound of an implosion and transmitted its findings to the local Coast Guard commander.
Although the Navy was unable to confirm with certainty that the sound was made by the Titan, the finding helped to focus the search for the ship before its wreckage was found on Thursday, according to the authorities.
In order to protect national security, the Navy requested that the identity of the exact system employed be withheld. It is typically employed to find hostile submarines.
The U.S. Navy primarily employs military capabilities to counter challenges from outside.
Typically, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts search and rescue missions and manages other tasks directly connected to national security.
Considering that the two agencies have similar marine missions, they frequently work together. Off the coast of Massachusetts, almost 900 miles away, the Titan was being searched for.
The U.S. Coast Guard said that around 1,600 feet from the Titanic wreckage’s bow, searchers discovered submersible debris. The search involved ships from Canada, the United States, and France.
U.S. and Canadian officials said that rescue teams heard a variety of noises throughout the search, including one thought to be the sub’s implosion.
A submarine suddenly collapsing underwater is known as an underwater implosion.
This happens when the intense pressure of the ocean crushes the submarine.