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Seven Sailors Feared Dead After US Navy Destroyer Collides With Philippine Merchant Vessel

Seven sailors are missing and feared dead after the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with a 29,000 ton Philippine merchant ship ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan yesterday. The cause of the collision is unclear.

Photo courtesy Daily Mail

In addition to the seven missing sailors, Captain Bryce Benson and two other crewmembers of the Fitzgerald were airlifted to the hospital

‘It was a was real fight by crew to keep the ship afloat. Our concerns now are with ship mates; seven sailors missing and 2 evacuees. When the news came we were all focused on the safety of or ship and the crew,’ a naval spokesman in Yokosuka told DailyMail.com. ‘We at the base are still reeling from the events.’  –Daily Mail

Aerial footage shows extensive damage to the 9,000 ton $1.5 billion destroyer.

Navy Statement

President Trump has sent his thoughts and condolences to those affected:

Photos

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3 comments

  1. sarcrilege

    Yeah, it makes sense that there would be ship collisions on world seas…. because the oceans are sooo small and all the ships are virtually bumper to bumper, side to side crammed like sardines everywhere. Plus it’s difficult to see oncoming ship and avoid it quickly because the sight distance to horizon is only 4.65km and for a merchant vessel about 50 meters tall, it could be observed from only 45 km away standing on destroyer 20m above water. Hurray for the NAVY…

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  2. lesurgeon

    For 1.5 billion, Can we get a fucking radar detecter???

    How does and American War ship let another vessel get that close?

    I’m flabbergasted…

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  3. 180

    There’ll be a few court martials and ended careers out of this. What the hell was the crew on watch doing?

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