U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Ship Near Japan

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U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Ship Near Japan

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Postby Les Nessman » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:26 am

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Seven American crew members missing; USS Fitzgerald damaged


By Gordon Lubold and
Costas Paris
Updated June 16, 2017 9:29 p.m. ET

Seven U.S. sailors were missing off the coast of Japan early Saturday after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with a Philippine merchant vessel, according to an American defense official.

The USS Fitzgerald, a 500-foot-long destroyer, began taking on water as the Japanese Coast Guard and other U.S. ships headed to its aid. The coast guard and U.S. military aircraft searching for the missing sailors, and another destroyer, the USS Dewey, is steaming toward the area to assist.

The Fitzgerald’s commanding officer was injured and taken by helicopter from the destroyer as the search continued for the others missing after the collision, the official said. Cmdr. Bryce Benson was flown to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, and is in stable condition, according to the U.S. Navy.

A second medical evacuation is underway, according to officials.

The Fitzgerald was operating under its own power, but the Navy said its propulsion was limited.

The Fitzgerald collided with a 728-foot-long Philippine-flagged container ship, ACX Crystal, around 2:30 a.m. local time, the Navy said. The ships were about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, the Navy said.

The container ship is operated by Sea Quest Ship Management Inc. in the Philippines. The company didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Footage of the Fitzgerald showed extensive damage to the destroyer’s starboard side, both above and below the waterline.

Write to Gordon Lubold at Gordon.Lubold@wsj.com and Costas Paris at costas.paris@wsj.com

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Re: U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Ship Near Japan

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Postby Raffles » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:30 am

Do they not have radar? Hope the lost sailors are found ok.

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Postby Bell 407 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:23 am

That's quite a bit of damage :thinking:

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Postby Les Nessman » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:51 pm

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -The U.S. Navy says the bodies of sailors who went missing in the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship have been found aboard the stricken destroyer.

The U.S. Navy says the bodies of sailors who went missing in the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship have been found aboard the stricken destroyer.

The Navy says in a statement that searchers had gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision. A total of seven sailors had been missing since Saturday’s crash off Japan’s coast.

The Navy says the remains are being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. It says the families are being notified and being provided the support they need during “this difficult time.”

The names of the sailors will be released after all notifications are made.

Retrieved from WKRG News

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Postby Raffles » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:05 pm

Very sad, the explanation is going to be interesting.

I visited a US warship in the k@kplaas once, they have 24/24 gunners on the deck covering all 360° around the ship watching for hostile activity. And of course radar and other electronic surveillance.

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