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Yokosuka, Japan - Collision Caused Significant Damage To U.S. Destroyer: Seventh Fleet Commander

Published on: June 18, 2017 09:00 AM
By: Reuters 
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Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, speaks to media on the status of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald (seen behind him), damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, and the seven missing Fitzgerald crew members, at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, speaks to media on the status of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald (seen behind him), damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, and the seven missing Fitzgerald crew members, at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Yokosuka, Japan - The USS Fitzgerald came close to sinking or foundering after the collision with a container ship ripped a big gash under the warships waterline, the commander of the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet said on Sunday.

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“The damage was significant. There was a big gash under the water,” Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin told a news conference at Yokosuka naval base. Desperate damage control efforts by the crew managed to save the ship, he said.

The bodies of a number of sailors missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship on Saturday were found Sunday in flooded compartments aboard the guided missile destroyer.

Aucoin declined to say how many were found. The search at sea, has been called off, he said.

The Fitzgerald, he said, is salvageable, but that repairs will likely take months. “Hopefully less than a year. You will see the USS Fitzgerald back,” he said.

Seven sailors are still missing and three injured after the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said.



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 Jun 18, 2017 at 10:22 AM fat36 Says:

How the heck a ship that size was not detected coming close to the US Navy ship let alone a hitting it

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 Jun 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM Anonymous Says:

You ask a good question especially with radar observance

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 Jun 18, 2017 at 02:13 PM savtat Says:

The article gave very few details, and really it makes no sense, even if it was during dark hours. The navigators on both ships should have detected each other. Unless, somehow, they were hacked.

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