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Saturday, 17 June 2017 07:21

7 U.S. Sailors Unaccounted for After Navy Destroyer Collides With Ship Off Japan

Written by  NBC News

TOKYO — Seven U.S. sailors are unaccounted for after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, early Saturday local time, the Navy said.

The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer, collided with a Philippine container vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Saturday local time (1:30 p.m. ET Friday), about 56 nautical miles off Yokosuka, the U.S. 7th Fleet said.

The ship, which had experienced some flooding after the collision, was tugged back to Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo, early Saturday.

Meanwhile search and rescue efforts by U.S. and Japanese aircraft and boats were underway in the area where the vessels collided.

The U.S. Navy said damaged areas of the ship will also be searched for the seven unaccounted-for sailors after the ship is safely docked.

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Somebody got some splaining to do!!!!!!! I can't believe that they actually collided. I mean shouldn't collision alarms have been ringing their bells off? I just hope that they can find the Sailors that are unaccounted for. Their families deserve closure one way or the other.

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It's bad enough having casualties during wartime. What the heck happened? Certainly two humongous ships were not invisible to each other. What about all the sophisticated electronic equipment? Hope the missing soldiers are found!

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Charles Adams Written by Charles Adams
June 17, 2017
I'll lay you odds that one of two things happened 1. radar was off line for repair or 2. radar operator was asleep at his/her post
(Updated: June 17, 2017)

I do feel sorry for the persons who were hurt and possibly lost their lives. The question arises is how come a ship with so much detection equipment on board and actual person on watch over this equipment not know a vessel as large as a container ship was so close normally about 1000 feet is as close in open seas as ships pass, in most cases it is 1000 yards. There are multiple radar domes in the picture which should pick anything up within 20 miles of the ship, so how come they let something get so close.
Just questions everyone should be asking.

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Brooks Butler Written by Brooks Butler
June 17, 2017
A few naval careers are going to be cut short, you can bet on that!
Jon Bradfield Written by Jon Bradfield
June 17, 2017
The truth will out. God bless and may the injured sailors recover completely.

Prayers from an old salt.

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