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US Navy ship in collision

Postby Graham Kennedy » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:18 pm

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A US Navy destroyer has collided with a merchant vessel close to Japan.

The collision involving the USS Fitzgerald happened 56 nautical miles south-west of Yokosuka around 2:30am local time (18:30 BST) on Saturday. The extent of injuries and damage is being determined, the US Navy said.

The Navy has requested help from the Japanese Coast Guard. Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, reported that the US ship was said to be listing and help was being sent.

NHK said the coastguard's patrol ships and planes have been dispatched to the area.


There's a few careers down the pan. :(

So how the hell do you collide with a merchant ship when you're fifty miles out to sea? Surely there's enough room out there that you'd never have to come anywhere near another ship? Or was this some crowded sea lane with ships all over the place?
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby Graham Kennedy » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:42 pm

Reports say seven crewmembers are missing. :(
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby IanKennedy » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:55 pm

I can only assume they went overboard when it hit, as there doesn't seem to be a hole in the side of the ship.
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby Captain Seafort » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:03 pm

IanKennedy wrote:I can only assume they went overboard when it hit, as there doesn't seem to be a hole in the side of the ship.


Bodies found and identified, on board

Short version is that she suffered severe damage below the waterline and some of the crew quarters were flooded.
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby Teaos » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:06 am

That's always the way on ships. Even cruise ships have the crew in areas most likely to breach.
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby IanKennedy » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:22 am

Ah, that sort of missing. I thought they meant after they had searched the ship...
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby Captain Picard's Hair » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:11 pm

Here's some more information:

https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... alf-of-it/

So evidently the merchant ship made some odd maneuvers, but since the US Navy ship had it's AIS tracking system off no collision warnings would have sounded. Also, the images do show a lot of traffic in the area. Presumably the unexpected turn of the merchant vessel and the sheer number of ships to track confused the bridge crew on USS Fitzgerald.
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby Coalition » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:31 am

When you have the faster/more agile ship, let the other guy cross first. Basic rule for boats

Similarly, if you are going to cross the path of a cargo ship, cross the rear of the cargo ship's path, not the front.

What they could have done is travel astern of the cargo ship, using it as a 'plow' to make sure nobody got in front of them

Still, sad loss for the families of the seven
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Re: US Navy ship in collision

Postby Captain Picard's Hair » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:12 pm

For some reason this brought to mind sea captain training, Naked Gun style

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