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U.S. sailors’ bodies found in USS Fitzgerald
after freighter collision off Yokosuka

Japan Times, by Reiji Yoshida

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/18/2017 7:45:36 PM

Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref. – The search for seven missing U.S. sailors was called off Sunday after bodies were found aboard the destroyer that collided with a container vessel Saturday, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said. At a news conference at the Yokosuka naval base in Kanagawa Prefecture, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin didn’t specify the number of bodies found and said the names of the deceased would be withheld until their families are notified. The grim information came a day after the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged, Japanese-charted container ship about 100 km southwest of Yokosuka. The Fitzgerald,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 6/18/2017 8:43:26 PM     (No. 11290701)

There was no collision. It appears that the container ship deliberately rammed the destroyer. What seems in question is why did the destroyer not avoid the ramming.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thelmalou, 6/19/2017 12:46:35 AM     (No. 11290809)

Any USN radar/sonar types around here who could educate us on how things work and what could have happened?

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