Philippine-registered freighter hits American naval asset

Hard to understand how an American naval asset allegedly retrofitted with the latest in navigational technology can ram into a Philippine-registered cargo ship being run by a Japanese company off the coast of Japan the other night? Seven crew members on the 10,000 ton missile frigate USS Fitzgerald remain missing while a frantic search continues off the coast of Japan. This comes right after the US sent three carrier groups into the Sea of Japan to challenge North Korea. Just imagine for a moment the catastrophe that would have ensued had the US under the war general Mattis started a war with North Korea? Even though North Korea is now deciding to allow for western tourism? The US military aren’t doing very well recently are they? Seven US soldiers just got shot yesterday when an Afghan soldier went postal on them.

Source: NBC News

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

by Courtney Kube, Arata Yamamoto and Phil McCausland
June 17, 2017

TOKYO — Seven American 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), the U.S. 7th Fleet said. The incident occurred about 56 nautical miles off Yokosuka.

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

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 after the ship is safely docked.

“Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors,” Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. “We thank our Japanese partners for their assistance.”

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