Saturday, June 17, 2017

USN destroyer USS Fitzgerald collides with merchant vessel at sea

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, collided with the shipping vessel ACX Crystal about 56 miles south of Yokosuka, Japan today at 02:30 local time.

The Fitzgerald is badly damaged, with the starboard side of the ship's forward superstructure, right below its bridge and SPY-1 phased array radars, punched completely in. As of this time, there have been two patients requiring medical evacuation. One was Cmdr. B. Benson, Fitzgerald's commanding officer. Other injured are being assessed. There are seven sailors unaccounted for. 

Although Fitzgerald is under her own power, USS Dewey (DDG 105) got underway this morning as well as several U.S. Navy aircraft, and will join Japanese Coast Guard and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters, ships and aircraft to render whatever assistance may be required (Source: thedrive.com & c7f.navy.mil, 17-Jun-2017) [Video]