USS Fitzgerald – No Reaction, No Warning Until Water Pouring In

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I’m severely censored, so lets keep it brief.

“A “tremendous” amount of water flooded through the huge gash, in the words of Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Sailors asleep in their berths woke to a powerful torrent of seawater. Seven sailors never made it out.”  http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/there-wasnt-a-lot-of-time-as-water-flooded-us-destroyer-below-decks-1713948

Do you think there could have been a warning, and sailors just said ‘Nah, I’ll go back to sleep.’ There could NOT have been a warning with ‘sleeping sailors’.

“The coast guard initially said the collision occurred at 2:20 a.m. because the Philippine ship had reported it at 2:25 a.m. and said it just happened. After interviewing Filipino crewmembers, the coast guard has changed the collision time to 1:30 a.m.”  http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/japan-investigates-delay-reporting-us-navy-ship-collision-48127236

“Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a Navy spokesman, said Monday that the destroyer reported to officials that it collided at 2:20 a.m. Saturday with the Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Yokosuka near Tokyo. Seven American sailors died in the crash.

Coast guard officials said they have revised the time of the collision to 1:30 a.m. from their earlier estimate of 2:20 a.m. after interviewing crewmembers of the container ship, the ACX Crystal.

A track of the container ship’s route by MarineTraffic, a vessel-tracking service, shows it made a sudden turn as if trying to avoid something at about 1:30 a.m., before continuing eastward. It then made a U-turn and returned around 2:30 a.m. to the area near the collision.”  https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/06/19/world/asia/ap-as-japan-us-navy-collision-the-latest.html?_r=0

The ACX Crystal was aware enough to try and avoid the USS Fitzgerald, which did not only not react to an impending collision, did NOT even warn it’s own crew of impending collision. Hence, 7 of the crew drowning.

Update 6/21/17: US Navy Times finally notes the obvious. “This combination of factors leads me to suspect that there was no warning,” Brennan said.  https://www.navytimes.com/articles/navy-fitzgerald-collision-investigations-begin

Incompetence and Cover Up A-Plenty.

US Navy denies Coast Guard findings. Looks for 7 over board when they knew, the crew was asleep in their bunks.

Update 6/24/2017:  Maritime Mystery: Why a U.S. Destroyer Failed to Dodge a Cargo Ship https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/world/asia/destroyer-fitzgerald-collision.html?smid=tw-share

Dr. Ed Ward, MD

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