USS Fitzgerald collision update

YOKOSUKA, Japan — A number of Sailors that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found. As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing Sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments. They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made.

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13 Responses to USS Fitzgerald collision update

  1. TSquared says:

    What are the odds of this being a Muslim piloting the container ship?

    • pdwalker says:

      Container ships are huge, low and not very nimble.

      If there is fault to be found, it’s going to be found on the navy vessel.

      • Tsquared says:

        The container ship passed the Navy ship and then did a U-turn to go back and hit it with the bow. Both ships have anti-collision radar. I can’t find out anything about estimated speed of the two craft when they collided but like I stated earlier I have a suspicion this was a muslem attack.

        The Navy usually runs at low speed (6 to 10 knots) to conserve energy so it is feasible that when their alarms went off it was too late to get out of the way. A container ship is capable of 25+ knots but usually run around 10-12 knots for fuel efficiency. For the Navy, the Captain, OD, and all bridge personnel, their carers are over no matter who is at fault.

        • crazyeighter says:

          I can’t imagine any U.S. Navy ship running in congested waters without having at least the surface search radar running. The only thing that MIGHT save the bridge crew is if the plot shows the Kennedy was making turns to avoid contact.

        • pdwalker says:

          I’m having a hard time getting my head around it because “nimble vs slow”.

          The results of the investigation should be interesting, especially if your supposition turns out to be correct.

          Interesting times.

    • Unclezip says:

      16:1. It’s Philippine flagged, but the crews are mostly moslem.

  2. David says:

    I sure would hate to be the Officer of the Deck when this happened. I am sure that a whole mess of folks are going to be relieved and they should start polishing their resumes.

  3. crazyeighter says:

    No mention of them being found “alive.”

  4. JB says:

    Found this on a related article:

    An editorial from The Wall Street Journal that was written after a 1952 collision between two US Navy warships, which resulted in the loss of 176 lives:

    “On the sea there is a tradition older even than the traditions of the country itself and wiser in its age than this new custom. It is the tradition that with responsibility goes authority and with them both goes accountability.”

    “It is cruel, this accountability of good and well-intentioned men. But the choice is that or an end of responsibility and finally as the cruel scene has taught, an end to the confidence and trust in the men who lead, for men will not long trust leaders who feel themselves beyond accountability for what they do.”

    “And when men lose confidence and trust in those who lead, order disintegrates into chaos and purposeful ships into uncontrollable derelicts.”

  5. wildbill says:

    The US ship was hit in the starboard side. One report I saw said the other ship had damage on the left side of the bow, which would be the port side. It sounds like either the US ship tried to cross in front of the other or the other ship turned into the US ship. This still goes back to why were they so close?

  6. warhorse says:

    “Japanese media also reported that the ACX Crystal made a “sharp turn” shortly before the pre-dawn crash”

    sounds to me like the container ship turned into the destroyer.

    • crazyeighter says:

      Yeah, I’m real curious about what story the cargo ship’s crew has and what the destroyer’s nav plot shows.

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