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Seven US Sailors ´missing´ after Navy
destroyer USS Fitzgerald collides with
21,000 ton cargo ship off the coast of
Japan and starts taking on water

Daily Mail [UK], by Mary Kekatos

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/16/2017 7:49:32 PM

Seven US Sailors are missing after the USS Fitzgerald smashed into a 21,000 ton cargo ship, according to a Japanese news outlet. In a statement, the US Navy said the destroyer crashed into Philippines container ship ACX Crystal 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, off the coast of Japan, around 2:30am local time. A US defense official confirmed the destroyer suffered flooding in three compartments. According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, one person is injured and seven are unaccounted for. Footage taken of the crash by NHK shows damage to the starboard side - above and below the waterline of the 505-foot destroyer -

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Some photos show crumbling like typing paper.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 6/16/2017 7:59:58 PM     (No. 11288913)

Oh dear! This is absolutely horrific! We must pray for these sailors. How much tragedy can we take?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 6/16/2017 8:06:29 PM     (No. 11288916)

My husband was stationed in Yokosuka for six years in the 1990´s.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Daylily, 6/16/2017 8:18:19 PM     (No. 11288926)

So very sad and praying that the seven missing sailors hopefully may be rescued.

Something bothers me though; the article states that the US destroyer crashed into the container ship - if that were the case wouldn´t the bow of the destroyer be damaged rather than the starboard side? Just wondering.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bkt23, 6/16/2017 9:21:08 PM     (No. 11288977)

How the heck does a U.S. Navy vessel not have proximity alerts and know, at all times, what´s nearby?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: birddog, 6/16/2017 9:47:07 PM     (No. 11289005)

One month in command...and likely a sleeping or texting lookout has ended his career.(as well as the lives of seven crewmates)


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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4diogenes, 6/16/2017 10:02:26 PM     (No. 11289024)

If we can´t avoid slow moving cargo ships, what are we going to to in combat?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 6/16/2017 10:04:17 PM     (No. 11289027)

Captain took command of the ship in May, of 2016 according to the U.S. Navy.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 6/16/2017 10:15:52 PM     (No. 11289041)

Kamikaze Merchantmen? This is fishy, there are so many alerts in place.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: coldoc, 6/16/2017 10:41:31 PM     (No. 11289069)

No matter the outcome, a career is over.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Sandbar, 6/16/2017 11:45:22 PM     (No. 11289128)

#3, FTA: The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage when the container ship ACX Crystal – which is more than four times the size of the naval vessel – plowed into it at 2.30am local time.
Still, as posted above, a career had ended at fault or not.
There was an article yesterday about a missing sailor found hiding while a "Man overboard" search for him by both US and Japanese vessels. Makes me wonder if this could be related.





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Reply 11 - Posted by: strike3, 6/16/2017 11:49:23 PM     (No. 11289131)

Yes, it was 0230 but how do you not see a container ship? All Navy ships have people on watch with NVGs all night long. All ships have running lights. It doesn´t make sense.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/17/2017 12:20:04 AM     (No. 11289144)

A number of naval careers, but hopefully not lives, ended with that collusion. The Captain of the ship is always the ultimate responsible officer. At that time of night there would have been an officer of the deck or watch who would have been responsible for the safe navagation of the vessel.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Velox, 6/17/2017 3:36:39 AM     (No. 11289183)

The press keeps reporting that the destroyer crashed into the container ship.
The photos clearly show the very front of the container ship damaged and the destroyer damaged a midship.
This must be some new design that allows a ship to move sideways at a high rate of speed!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 6/17/2017 1:42:41 PM     (No. 11289604)

Looking at the path of the container ship, it appears the Destroyer was ´targeted´ for collision. Is it "normal" for a container ship, on a rather routine and timed course, to turn around so many times, as if in search of its quarry?? Was the container captain a muslim by chance?

This thing stinks to high heaven, and I suspect this was rollout of cowardly China/Iran´s, "kamikaze on the high seas."

Blinding a surface radar might not be that difficult to do, and this would give the container ship an advantage in the middle of the night.

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