USS Fitzgerald and Philippine Container Ship Collide
The Aegis destroyer of the US Navy collided with the container ship of the Philippine flag ship in the early hours of the 17th, off the coast of Ibaraki, Minamiizu-cho, Shizuoka prefecture, about 20 kilometers offshore. The Aegis destroyer is largely destroyed on the right side of the hull, and it is confirmed that one person is injured in addition to being inaccessible to seven crew members of the destroyer, according to the Third Region Coast Guard Headquarters Is proceeding.
A message was reported to the 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters from the Philippine-flagged container ship, “It collided with a ship of the US Navy” from the Isawa-zazu in Minamiizu-machi, Shizuoka prefecture, off the coast of about 20 kilometers on the 17th .
According to the Shimoda Coast Guard and the US Navy, the Aegis destroyer “Fitzgerald” belonging to the US Navy Yokosuka Base with a length of 154 meters and a gross tonnage of 8315 tons and the Philippine flag of 222.6 meters in length and 20,960 tons in gross tonnage It means that the container ship “ACX CRYSTAL” collided.
According to the Third Region Coast Guard Headquarters, we are not able to contact seven crews as information from destroyers, and we are proceeding with confirmation that one person is injured.
The Aegis destroyer had a large broken right side of the hull and confirmed the place where many crew members were broken on the deck. Also, a ship of the Maritime Security Division arrived near the destroyer, and I’m looking into the surrounding situation. The Aegis destroyer is sailing towards the base of Yokosuka.
On the other hand, container ships can see traces like bumping or rubbing against something on the left side of the bow.
The Coast Guard Headquarters is investigating the detailed situation by issuing one patrol boat and one patrol boat and one helicopter respectively.
Statement by US Navy uniform group top
Richardson Operations Director of Uniform Navy ‘s Uniform Unit Top, issued a statement yesterday, saying, “Japan’ s Japan Coast Guard, the Maritime Self – Defense Force, and the American Navy on the ground support the crew of Fitzgerald to stabilize the warship As I understand the situation, I will inform the family members of the crew and make it public at the right time, and our thoughts are with the crew members and their families. ”
Currently, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are searched for seven missing people.