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Breaking: US Navy destroyer takes on water after collision off Japanese coast

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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:06 PM
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Washington (CNN)A US Navy destroyer is taking on water after colliding with a merchant ship about 56 miles off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan, a US Navy official told CNN on Friday.
CNN

The ship has taken on some water - is listing.

No known casualties but it's reported many crew went overboard.

The Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship.


The damage to the ship is still being evaluated and the number of personnel injured has not been determined, according to the statement.
A US military official told CNN that ship could not operate under its own power after the incident and tug boats have been called to assist.

The Fitzgerald is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a crew of approximately 330 sailors.


Will update as news comes in.

peace
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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:10 PM
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LIVE


Multiple crew went overboard due to the collision with the ACXCrystal.

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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:12 PM
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U.S. Naval Vessel Collides With Merchant Ship Southwest of Japan




A U.S. Navy vessel collided with a merchant ship about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, on Friday.

The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer that carries the motto "Protect Your People," struck a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement that it had requested the help of the Japanese Coast Guard in response to the collision.

The extent of damage is being determined, as are the number of potential injuries.

The incident will be investigated.

This is developing story. Please refresh for more details.


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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:14 PM
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a reply to: silo13

Hopefully they got the crew back on board..wonder how this happened?


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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:15 PM
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The ACX chrystal is a whopping great container ship you'd see 30 miles away,something is seriously wrong here.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:22 PM
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a reply to: vonclod

I don't know yet but I'm looking forward to finding out for sure.

Like KHNUM said - that thing is HUGE - how they could have hit it? Hard to say.

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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:22 PM
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a reply to: silo13

I didn't see anything in your sources about casualties. Where did you see that?
It just mentions there may be possible injuries.


Anyway, I haven't heard of any collisions in a while. I remember there was a small rash of groundings 5 or maybe 10 years ago. You'd think they would have foolproof systems to prevent collisions by now. It's only fricken 2017.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:23 PM
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originally posted by: khnum
The ACX chrystal is a whopping great container ship you'd see 30 miles away,something is seriously wrong here.


No doubt...the captain of the destroyer is going to lose his command over this one.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:29 PM
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a reply to: watchitburn

I edited it and used the wrong cut paste. Thanks for the heads up.




A U.S. Navy vessel collided with a merchant ship about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, on Friday.

The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer that carries the motto "Protect Your People," struck a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement that it had requested the help of the Japanese Coast Guard in response to the collision.

The extent of damage is being determined, as are the number of potential injuries.

The incident will be investigated.

This is developing story. Please refresh for more details.
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peace

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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:29 PM
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Wow, that Merchant ship must have been big. It looks like the merchant ship ran into the side of that destroyer. That is a lot of damage. I wonder how much damage to the merchant ship? The front bow is way stronger than the side of that destroyer. So, merchant ships can make formidable weapons.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:30 PM
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IMO, from the angle of the damage, it would appear the cargo ship ran into the destroyer.

The ship's home port is in the Phillipines, recently it has been running cargo amongst Japanese ports. The ship was built in 2008.

Would beg the question of why the destroyer, which has to be agiler then that behemoth of a cargo ship, didn't get out of the way?
Cargo Ship Info



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:32 PM
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Heavy fog?



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:33 PM
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Even though it was night time, with men on watch and radar, hard to believe this would happen. But then it obviously does.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:36 PM
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Unless the destroyer meant to hit the AXC?

On marinetraffic.com just now the AXC had a 'status' of "Not under Command" whatever that means.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:38 PM
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The term "vessel not under command" means a vessel which through some exceptional circumstance is unable to maneuver as required by these Rules and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.

www.navcen.uscg.gov...


Before or after?



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:42 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

Hmm..

Was this intentional, depending on when that status was initiated could signify if this was accidental, or offensive in nature.

Wouldn't that be something, a terrorist getting control of a ship and ramming a hated enemy?



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:46 PM
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The USN requesting Japanese coastguard assistance is very troubling. Suspect it means the US warship is in real trouble. Hope the warship makes it to safe harbour and that injuries are few.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:49 PM
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I can't get with in a hundred yards of a coast guard boat where I live with out being called off. How is this possible?



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:49 PM
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originally posted by: khnum
The ACX chrystal is a whopping great container ship you'd see 30 miles away,something is seriously wrong here.


Yea, US naval vessels don't play well with things getting too close. This is either gross negligence or something else is in the works....



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 05:52 PM
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Flooding in three compartments. They are bailing as fast as possible. Merchant ship plowed into the side of the DDG. There MAY be extensive damage below the water line because of the bulbous bow of the merchant ship. In other words, damage may be much worse than it looks. Merchant ship hit the starboard side of the DDG, so merchant ship had the right of way. CO has been in command 1.5 years. XO just got on board in March. With modern radar, etc. it's amazing that such a thing could happen these days. Heads will roll on this one.



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