Friday, June 16, 2017

Seven US Navy Sailors Unaccounted for in Crash off Japanese Coast

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Japanese news outlet NHK reports that seven US Navy ship members have not been accounted for, citing the Japanese Coast Guard, following a crash between the USS Fitzgerald and a massive 29,000 ton-Philippine merchant ship.

A crash between the US Navy destroyer and the ACX Cyrstal container vessel caused the warship to start taking on water.
The ship just underwent $21 million in repairs and upgrades in February, according to Stars and Stripes. The Fitzgerald was part of the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group that has been engaged in training drills with the USS Carl Vinson First Carrier Strike Group ​near the Korean Peninsula along with crews from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. 
  One has to ask how it was the US Navy destroyer, which is vastly more maneuverable, having all manner of radar type equipment  would not be able to avoid a collision with a container ship. And I've yet to see an image of the container ship... Should anyone notice one leave a link?
The ship just underwent $21 million in repairs and upgrades in February, according to Stars and Stripes. The Fitzgerald was part of the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group that has been engaged in training drills with the USS Carl Vinson First Carrier Strike Group ​near the Korean Peninsula along with crews from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The ship is listing according to CNN 


Published on Jun 16, 2017
UPDATE: 7 US crew members missing. URGENT: 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. about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, on Friday.

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 The U.S. military says a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan and says there have been injuries.
In a brief written statement, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said the Navy has requested assistance from the Japanese Coast Guard.
Video taken by Japanese news outlet NHK showed the ship listing, with damage visible above the waterline.
It said Friday that the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. A U.S. defence official said there is flooding in three compartments of the Fitzgerald and there were injuries.
Pacific Fleet said the extent of injuries and damage to the Fitzgerald are “being determined,” and the incident is under investigation.

 

6 comments:

  1. Penny, here are a few vids that people need to see. Deserves its own post if you can.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEpcY5JU120

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ZuASiI7Go

    is the email I have for you still good?

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    1. If you already have my email it's good, hasn't changed
      I'll look at the videos asap
      thanks

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  2. Hi Penny
    This is the detail travel graph for the ACX Crystal
    http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:722169/mmsi:548789000/imo:9360611/vessel:ACX_CRYSTAL

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  3. Here is the ACX Crystal as well.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/06/16/collision-at-sea-u-s-s-fitzgerald-collides-with-cargo-container-ship-acx-crystal-off-coast-of-japan/

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  4. Penny There is something very wrong with the accident damage profile. ACX Crystal damage on Port Side front Bow
    Damage to Fitzgerald on STARBOARD side well behind the Bow in fact near the Bridge. The ships traveling towards each other would have the damage on the SAME side. Ships traveling in the smae direction would have the damage on opposite sides, however the damage pattern would be pushed FORWARD on the Destroyer, yet it looks to be pushed back. This I am having trouble explaining to myself. (I am an ex seaman from the '60's) Perhaps someone is able to explain it to me so I am able to understand how it is possible to happen. Cheers Penny

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    1. I looked at some images of teh ACX Crystal and yah, I understand what your saying-

      I'm leaning towards the US ship provoking the shipping vessel- It's the only way that makes sense so far looking at the damage.

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