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Friday, June 16, 2017

Japan's Coast Guard says a Philippine container ship reported a collision with a US navy vessel about 20 kilometers off Shizuoka Prefecture around 2:30 AM Saturday, Japan Time. Coast Guard and US navy officials say the Philippine container is believed to be the ACX Crystal, which is 222.6 meters long and weighs 29,060 tons. The navy vessel is said to be the USS Fitzgerald, a 154-meter long Aegis destroyer weighing 8,315 tons. Helicopter footage from NHK shows considerable damage to the right side of the Aegis destroyer. An orange hose is visible on the deck, and many crew members can be seen checking the damage. A Coast Guard vessel has arrived near the destroyer. CNN reported that seven Navy crew members are missing.





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Tweet from 7th Fleet:

"UPDATE: Working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medevac. Extent of all personnel injuries is still being determined."

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-06-16 08:14 PM | Reply

I hope this wasn't our screw-up, but the fact that the right of way goes to the bigger vessel tends to suggest otherwise.

I also hope that if this was our screw-up, it's not as screwy as the time we took out that fishing boat playing Red October.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-16 08:43 PM | Reply

There, I blamed America all I could, and I didn't even mention that time a couple hotshot Naval aviators sent a couple dozen skiers to their deaths and never got punished for it!

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-16 08:45 PM | Reply

Trump's fault, though he probably hasn't found out about it yet.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-06-16 09:23 PM | Reply

Seven sailors missing.
Sad news.

#5 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-06-17 07:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If only our ship had radar and sonar and every other technological thing to avoid this....Oh wait...How in the f**k does this happen, whoever was in charge needs to go to jail. Derilection of duty obviously.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-17 07:53 AM | Reply

How in the f**k does this happen

Density of shipping traffic, most likely. Check out this website and have a look at how many ships there are in that area.


#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-17 11:11 AM | Reply

The container ship had quite the weird route before the two ships collided. Nevertheless, a USN Destroyer can turn "on a dime" in half a ship-length and would have been able to dodge the container ship with some foresight..

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-17 02:57 PM | Reply

We were just two ships passing in the night.

Looks like it's time to bring back the crow's nest.

#9 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-17 03:01 PM | Reply

-Traffic data shows the container ship made a full u-turn 25minutes before the collision...

- The CO and a sailor were medevac'd off the ship and the seven who were previously reported as missing have been found (could have been injured, overboard, caught in a damaged compartment, etc).

-The good news is that the USS Fitzgerald made it back to Yokosuka under her own power.

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-17 03:04 PM | Reply



Captain of the destroyer now finds his career in the toilet. Doesn't matter who was at fault. That's just how it works.

#11 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-06-17 03:31 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-06-17 07:53 AM | FLAG:

I Absolutely Agree with you. What a failure on a monumental level. Top it off all the Deck Watches dropped the ball, The Navy vessel I was on had a Forward, Starboard, Port, and Aft Deck Watches. We had 2 additional watches at the very rear of the Ship as well. The only Vessels that got near use were Resupply Ships

#12 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2017-06-17 05:06 PM | Reply

The good news is that the USS Fitzgerald made it back to Yokosuka under her own power.

Looks more like they towed it.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-17 05:28 PM | Reply

Looks more like they towed it. #13 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Hahaha, allegedly the ship attained 2kts on her own power, then was soon met by tugs to complete the trip.

Also after doing a fresh news search it seems like there may be a couple sailors still missing and the earlier report was some optimistic misinformation :(.

#14 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-17 09:59 PM | Reply


Several sailors missing after a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a merchant vessel have been found, Navy officials announced Sunday. According to the statement, the sailors were rescued from a flooded berthing compartment after search and rescue crew members gained access to spaces that were damaged during the collision.

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-17 10:02 PM | Reply

...then was soon met by tugs to complete the trip.

Like I said. They towed it.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-17 10:47 PM | Reply


First paragraph from your link.

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- An unknown number of sailors missing after a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a merchant vessel were found dead in a damaged compartment, Navy officials said Sunday.
Seven sailors found dead

#17 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-17 11:21 PM | Reply

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family's of the 7 killed.

Seems like there is some serious negligence in this incident.

#18 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-06-18 12:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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