US navy ship 'did not heed collision alert'

How did one of the most technologically advanced warships in the world, the $1.8 billion Fitzgerald, get hit on a clear night in relatively calm seas?

The official also noted the Navy is trying to corroborate accounts which suggest that the two sailors who weren't nearly instantly "incapacitated" attempted to help the other five escape the incoming water. Some lost everything but the uniforms they were wearing at the time.

The US Navy declined to comment and it was not possible to independently verify the captain's account.

Three patients required medical evacuation from the ship. The collision perforated several spaces including the stateroom of the officer Bryce Benson.

He said the work by the sailors prevented a far worse situation.

The other two were being treated for lacerations and bruises and others injured were being assessed aboard the ship. AIS information from Crystal should have been monitored by sailors on the bridge of the Fitzgerald. Thank you for your well wishes and messages of concern.

The Navy member familiar with the incident said that in retrospect, there was little chance that the Fitzgerald was going to sink because of the damage. Water flooded into parts of the ship through a 12-foot hole, leading to the deaths of seven sailors. Following a 2009 collision between a US naval ship and a Japanese boat, Japanese authorities were not allowed access to the warship investigation, Japanese transport officials said.

"My son is assigned to the USS Fitzgerald".

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A "tremendous" amount of water flooded into the ship, said Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, commander of the US 7th Fleet, during a news conference this week.

"This has been a hard day", Aucoin said.

Under strict orders not to talk about what they saw, the crew of the Fitzgerald is mostly keeping its counsel while grieving the loss of its shipmates.

"Certainly one of the conclusions one has to consider that this was a purposeful act to ram the Fitzgerald", observes James "Ace" Lyons, who commanded the Pacific Fleet during the 1980s.

The US Navy, the US Coast Guard, and Japanese naval and maritime authorities are all conducting investigations. A U.S. P-8 Poseidon aircraft is working in concert with two JMSDF Helicopters and a JMSDF P-3 Orion aircraft to search the area.

Sixteen hours after the accident, the Fitzgerald limped back to her home port in Yokosuka, Japan, and the remains of the seven sailors were pulled from below decks by Navy divers. The damage to the cargo ship Crystal was on the left or port side of its bar.

"Nevertheless, an accident during computerized navigation raises the possibility the container ship's computer system could have been hacked and the ship deliberately steered into the USS Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, Bill Gertz, the Free Beacon's senior editor wrote".

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