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Friday, 16 June 2017 21:26

U.S. Navy Destroyer Fitzgerald Collides with Philippine-Flagged Merchant Ship near Japan

Written by  Kristina Wong

The U.S. Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

According to the U.S.

Navy’s 7th Fleet, the USS Fitzgerald collided with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal, a 30,000-ton cargo ship.

At least one sailor is injured, according to 7th Fleet. Seven others are unaccounted for, according to a Japanese broadcaster NHK news network.

The Japanese Coast Guard assisted in conducting a medical evacuation, or medevac, for the injured sailor. There are no reports yet of casualties, and the extent of all personnel injuries is still being determined, the Navy said.

Japanese Coast Guard cutters IZUNAMI and KANO are on station, as well as a helicopter, reports the Navy.

Here is the ACX Crystal, the Philippine-flagged cargo vessel that collided with #USSFitzgerald. ~30,000 tons. Could really do some damage. pic.twitter.com/76lxneA0J6

— Lyle Morris (@LyleJMorris) June 16, 2017

The Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer that carries about 330 sailors, suffered damage on her starboard — or right side — above and below the waterline, resulting in flooding in some places.

According to the Navy Times, the crew is fighting to save the ship.

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