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7 Sailors Missing After US Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Japan +Video

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:52
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Update 2:  In its latest update, the Navy reports that USS Fitzgerald, aided by tug boats, returned to Yokosuka at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday evening, however seven of Fitzgerald’s crew remain missing. Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, along with many family members, were on the pier when the ship arrived.

The Navy said the Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka and the extent of injuries to U.S. personnel “is being determined.” It added that the Navy had requested the assistance of the Japanese Coast Guard.

According to Reuters, Japan’s NHK public television website reported that the commercial vessel is a Philippines container ship and that the destroyer had suffered some flooding and was “unable to operate”.

Full navy statement below:

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

The U.S. Navy has requested Japanese Coast Guard assistance in responding to the collision.

The extent of damage is being determined. The extent of personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.

The Fitzgerald recently made a port call to the US Navy’s Subic Bay base in the Philippines and conducted patrols in the South China Sea. The destroyer maintains constant contact with Japan as it is forward-based in Yokosuka.

The latest weekly summary of US naval asset around the world is shown in the map below. It shows that the the Nimitz carrier group is headed for the Middle East, via Hawaii, while the Vinson is also leaving the Korean peninsula. Meanwhile, the Persian Gulf is lightly attended, following the departure of the USS Bush which recently was headed west in the Med, only to make an unexpected 180 and is now parked off the coast of Israel. 

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  • Boo

    There is very little intelligent coverage on this story from the MSM. None of the right questions are being asked like, “How is the Captain of one of fastest ships couldn’t see this huge cargo ship head his way and make defensive maneuvers”? How is it their radar wasn’t alerting them to the fact that this huge cargo ship was making course corrections that aim them in a direction that targeted their position?
    Last but not least … whats the point of spending all this money on an advanced military navel vessel’s if a low tech, slow moving, standard Cargo ship can take them out?
    Based on the preliminary assessment it looks like they want plant the seed that ISIS was in control of this cargo ship.

    • StormyB4

      All true. Why were the container ships running lights and transponder off? This whole thing is fishy!

  • FC

    really awful!

    This Titanic documentary shows hull cave in re-enactment …. at 1 hour 7 min. mark

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