June 16, 2017

U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel in Japan

Aria Bendix – The Atlantic:

A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer known as the U.S.S. Fitzgerald has been considerably damaged following a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel on Friday at around 2:30 p.m. local time in Japan.

There are reports of injuries, but the extent and number of them are still “being determined,” according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. Multiple sources have confirmed that the Fitzgerald’s captain is severely injured and the executive officer has taken control of the ship. A medevac for at least one injured sailor has also been carried out.

USS Fitzgerald

Bad news for the USN. Collision at sea in the middle of the afternoon begs the question, how?

Unusual that the commanding officer was injured.

#usn #ussfitzgerald #collisionAtSea

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