World Search goes on for seven U.S. sailors after collision off Japan

01:00  18 june  2017
01:00  18 june  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Search goes on for seven U . S . sailors after collision off Japan - U . S . 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin said the search was continuing in a statement released nearly 24 hours after the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer

Rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a U . S . destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan .

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TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) - Rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a U.S. destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan.

U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin said the search was continuing in a statement released nearly 24 hours after the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with the much larger Philippine-flagged merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a U . S . destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan . U . S . 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph P

U . S . and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels continued the search after the Fitzgerald sailed into the port of Yokosuka south of Tokyo. It was not clear what caused the collision , which the U . S . Navy said occurred at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT).

"It's been a tough day for our Navy family. It's hard to imagine what this crew has had to endure, the challenges they've had to overcome," Aucoin said.

U.S. and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels continued the search after the Fitzgerald sailed into the port of Yokosuka south of Tokyo. Three aboard the destroyer were treated at the U.S. Naval Hospital, including ship Commander Bryce Benson.

It was not clear what caused the collision, which the U.S. Navy said occurred at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT).

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen off Shimoda, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo June 17, 2017.© Kyodo/via REUTERS The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen off Shimoda, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo June 17, 2017. "Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance," U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday.

Sleeping Sailors on U.S. Destroyer Awoke to a Calamity at Sea

  Sleeping Sailors on U.S. Destroyer Awoke to a Calamity at Sea After a frantic search, the Navy said on Sunday that several sailors had not survived the U.S.S. Fitzgerald’s collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan. Bodies were found in the berthing compartments of the damaged destroyer after seven sailors were declared missing. The Navy would not identify the dead or confirm the number of bodies it had recovered until relatives were notified, but it said the search for survivors had ended.“This was not a small collision,” Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, commander of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said at a news conference.

TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) - Rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a U . S . destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan .

TOKYO Search and rescue efforts went on after dark for seven U . S . sailors missing after the U . S . Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size off eastern Japan early on Saturday.

The Fitzgerald suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline, the Navy said.

Japan's Nippon Yusen KK, which charters the container ship, ASX Crystal, said in a statement it would "cooperate fully" with the Coast Guard's investigation of the incident. At around 29,000 tons displacement, the ship dwarfs the 8,315-ton U.S. warship, and was carrying 1,080 containers from the port of Nagoya to Tokyo.

None of the 20 crew members aboard the container ship, all Filipino, were injured, and the ship was not leaking oil, Nippon Yusen said. The ship arrived at Tokyo Bay later in the day.

The waterways approaching Tokyo Bay are busy with commercial vessels sailing to and from Japan’s two biggest container ports in Tokyo and Yokohama. (Reporting by Tory Hanai and Megumi Lim in Tokyo; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by James Dalgleish)




Maritime Mystery: Why a U.S. Destroyer Failed to Dodge a Cargo Ship .
Lookouts and radar operators on the destroyer Fitzgerald should have spotted the freighter it collided with, and the captain should have been wakened.Radar officers working both on the bridge and in the combat information center below it should have spotted the freighter’s image on their screens, drawing steadily closer. And under standard protocol, the Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, should have been awakened and summoned to the bridge to assure a safe passage long before the ships could come near each other.

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