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7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin
Press Conference – Collision at Sea
of USS Fitzgerald…

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Posted By:earlybird, 6/19/2017 6:53:37 AM

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, answers questions about USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) collision with cargo freight-liner ADX Crystal during a press conference at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (Video)[Prepared Remarks – Transcript] USS FITZGERALD experienced extensive damage and flooding after a collision with the Filipino container ship at 0220 local time, 17 June, approx. 56 nm off the coast of Honshu, Japan. The damage included a significant impact under the ship’s pilothouse on the starboard side and a large puncture below the ship’s waterline, opening the hull to the sea. The ship suffered severe damage rapidly flooding 3 large compartments that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 6/19/2017 7:08:55 AM     (No. 11290872)

Felonia von Pantsuit could do no better job of "Taking Responsibility" yet saying nothing than this ´Officer´.

Not a word about what, in Hell, happened.

How does a tiny attack vessel like this one get rammed by a cargo leviathan ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: gravedigger59, 6/19/2017 7:15:10 AM     (No. 11290875)

The collision of the Fitzgerald is very similar to the USS Porter back in 2012, Even the location of the damage (about 30 aft of where the USS Porter was hit by a container ship)
In that situation the OOD (Officer of the Deck) was trying to sort out a confusing situation in a very heavy shipping area when the C.O. overruled him and made the decision to turn to port and cut in front of the container ship. Luckily no one died. On the Fitzgerald the C.O. was asleep in his stateroom so the OOD must not have felt he was in a bad situation until it was too late.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365, 6/19/2017 7:21:42 AM     (No. 11290882)

"But to be clear: my sole focus now has shifted to helping the grieving family, crew and friends of the Fitzgerald." Vice Admiral Aucoin

Sole focus should be on why this collision occurred in order to prevent future grieving families and crew. Something may be seriously wrong when a supposedly high tech Navy warship is rammed by a container ship on an apparently clear night in known shipping channel. How did this happen and why did it happen should be the first question to answer.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 6/19/2017 8:35:36 AM     (No. 11290935)

Fot my fellow ldotters who joined the Navy, why did you guys wear those silly uniforms?
Beyond that observation, this incident is much the way JFK managed to sink PT 109. But his publicity people turned him into a hero. (They also turned his abandonment of the Cuban nationals as they tried to invade their country, as an act of heroism. Air cover was promised, then withdrawn.)
Herr Mueller may add this incident to his list of charges against the president.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Texastealady, 6/19/2017 9:06:51 AM     (No. 11290965)

#4 gets my DOWN arrow if we had one

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mackrand, 6/19/2017 10:30:13 AM     (No. 11291063)

Well #4, I don´t know which side you were on early in your life but early in mine I was ever so proud of my USN uniforms and wore them in public with overwhelming pride.

#5 I couldn´t agree more with you.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 6/19/2017 11:02:51 AM     (No. 11291101)

Is there any ambiguity on time zones in this area? The one hour difference in claimed time of the collision could easily be explained by one group using one time zone and another group using a different time zone.

At sea, these things are somewhat less important to have right, since you are continuously crossing time zones and it can be relatively unimportant to keep track of what time the outside world thinks it is, as long as the ship´s time is what is used for onboard planning.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 6/19/2017 11:33:05 AM     (No. 11291131)

#4, you wear the uniform that is issued, and most wear it proudly, and too bad if in your opinion you find it silly.

IMO, the current blue camo is pretty silly. What is that for, to allow you to hide in a crowd of Smurfs? Camo, ona a ship? Really?

The old denim bell bottoms and chambray shirt was a very comfortable and inexpensive to replace working uniform, and the crackerjack rig was and is still a good looking uniform, in my opinion.

Blue camo --- bleah.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mackrand, 6/19/2017 12:09:16 PM     (No. 11291169)

Excuse the second post but #7 brings up an interesting point. It´s been a long time since I was on a ships bridge but I believe there is at least one clock on the bridge that is set to Zulu Time. All ships log entries are made using Zulu time to eliminate any time confusion. Universal Coordinated Time is the world standard for time zero.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: broken01, 6/19/2017 12:45:46 PM     (No. 11291208)

Sorry #4 but when I joined we had to wear bell bottoms. By then time I retired we were wearing the camouflaged "blueberries." In each instance I was very proud to wear the uniform of a Sailor in the United States Navy. Now as to the collision I´ve personally had to helm my first ship through this very area and it is a pretty heavy shipping area. It was tragic that this happened as to the loss of life of the sailors. They need to get to the bottom of what happened and why it happened to make sure that it doesn´t happen again.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 6/19/2017 12:56:12 PM     (No. 11291229)

#10, you and me both, brother. (Except I missed the blue camos, thankfully).

I´ve been in and out of Tokyo Bay (it will surprise some to learn that Yokusuka is indeed located in Tokyo Bay. If the Fitzgerald were operating 75 +/- miles southwest of there, you are correct in stating that commercial traffic is very heavy in that area, and even heavier at night. I stood piloting party watch as RADAR operator during transits in and out of Yokuska. There are plenty of commercial vessels who either don´t know or don´t care about rules of the road. It´s a dangerous place, and the sea is an unforgiving mistress.
Too many experts here want to hang the Captain before any facts are known. It´s pretty much a given that he´ll lose his command, and probably his career. I guess that´s not enough for some.

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