Japan investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision

Pablo Tucker
June 20, 2017

The Navy's Pacific Fleet said the extent of damage to the Fitzgerald is being determined and the incident is under investigation.

He was "thrilled" to go back to Japan in 2014, while reporting for duty to U.S.S. Fitzgerald, said the statement.

An enlisted surface warfare specialist, the 23-year-old started working on board the USS Fitzgerald in July 2014.

A probe into the crash between a U.S. navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship was under way Monday, as the names of seven American sailors who died were made public.

He declined to elaborate on why the ship took almost an hour to report the accident but said it could take ships time to notify authorities as they dealt with more urgent matters.

The collision caused damage above and below the USS Fitzgerald's waterline, causing flooding in the ship.

Aucoin wouldn't speculate on the cause of the collision and would order a thorough investigation.


Japanese officials are also analyzing why the 222-metre (730-foot) ACX Crystal made a 180 degree turn at about 2:00 am, and made another turn after it reported the accident at about 2:20 am, as shown in data from the Marine Traffic website.

The Japanese Coast Guard has reportedly finished questioning the 20 Filipino crew members of the cargo ship, who were unharmed.

Investigators are sure to put the vessels' trackable movements under a microscope to figure out what set the deadly crash in motion, said Shoji Fujimoto, a maritime safety expert at Japan's Kobe University.

In addition to the Navy sailors that lost their lives, three others had to be airlifted off the ship by the Japanese Coast Guard, and are said to be responsive. Ron Flanders said, "That is not our understanding". "It will be part of the investigation", Carr said.

A spokeswoman for the container ship's operator NYK Line, Nanami Meguro, agreed with the revised timing of the accident. It almost t-boned the Navy destroyer around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, when much of the crew was asleep and the bridge manned by less than a dozen people.

"It just occurred to me call everybody. every dad that I knew, and say 'Happy Father's Day", Martin said.

No charges have been made in connection with the accident so far, though Coast Guard officials are investigating the collision as a possible case of professional negligence.


The Navy's 7th Fleet said searchers found the bodies Sunday morning, Japan time, after the guided-missile destroyer returned to its base in Japan.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said President Trump and the entire administration were extending their thoughts and prayers to the sailors.

Spicer says the incident was a "sobering reminder of the dangers" faced by the men and women of the USA military every day.

"We are scheduled to interview the crew members", said US Lieutenant Scott Carr told Reuters, referring the crew of the merchant ship.

Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25, always "had the brightest smile", his sister says. The remains of the missing sailors were later found in the berthing compartments, which were flooded.

Raleigh, North Carolina, resident Mia Sykes told the AP that her son, Brayden Harden, 19, was knocked out of his bunk by the impact of the crash, and that water immediately began filling the berth. I believe Obama beat you to this as well.

His family said Douglass "was very proud of both his Japanese and military family background".


"You have to realize a lot of them are 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds living with guilt".

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