Seven Killed, Three Injured After U.S. Navy Destroyer and Merchant Vessel Collision

Updated 6/18/18: The Navy has called off the search for the seven mission sailors after “a number” of bodies have been recovered from the flooded parts of the ship.

Reuters reported that the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship called the ACX Crystal from the Philippines in the waters approaching Tokyo off the coast of Japan at 2:30 on the morning of June 17, 2017.  The damage was severe enough that three sailors were airlifted to a naval hospital, and the ship was taking on some water below decks.

It’s hard to imagine how this could happen on board a ship with this kind of technology, but we will update you with any information we find out.

The surprising part is how little damage there is to the ship that collided with her:

6/17/17 UPDATE: Some amateur trackers suggest the ACX Crystal veered off course a couple of times before she hit the navy ship, and her course does appear to be erratic:


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