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US sailors missing after Navy destroyer collision off Japan

Tokyo (CNN) Seven US sailors are missing and the commanding officer of a US destroyer
is among the injured after the warship collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan,
the US Navy said. The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered damage to its
starboard side ... Officials said the merchant vessel involved in the collision is the ACX Crystal,
a container ship flagged in the Philippines.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/16/politics/us-navy-destroyer-collides-with-merchant-ship-japan/index.html






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A number of USS Fitzgerald Sailors' Remains Found

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- A number of Sailors' remains that were missing from the collision
between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found.

As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the
collision this morning, the missing Sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments.
They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified.

The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult
time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made.

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101093

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Got the ff link from MaxDefense's FB page.

http://www.vesselofinterest.com/2017/06/mapping-acx-crystals-collision-with-uss.html?m=1

Interesting analysis. I'm not a seafarer but seems plausible

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Missing sailors on damaged USN destroyer found dead | IHS Jane's 360
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The US Navy (USN) has confirmed that all seven missing sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were found dead in berthing compartments that were damaged and flooded when the warship collided with the 222 m-long Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal on 17 June.

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Despite suffering extensive damage, the 154 m-long Aegis-equipped destroyer, which was on a patrol mission at the time of the incident, was able to return to its home port at Yokosuka under its own power aided by tug boats about 16 hours after the collision.

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Investigators Believe USS Fitzgerald Crew Fought Flooding For An Hour Before Distress Call Reached Help
By: Sam LaGrone
June 21, 2017 8:28 PM

https://news.usni.org/2017/06/21/investigators-believe-uss-fitzgerald-crew-fought-flooding-for-an-hour-before-distress-call-reached-help

The crew of the guided-missile destroyer that was struck by a merchant ship on Friday off the coast of Japan fought to save the ship for an hour before the first calls went out for help, Japanese investigators now believe.

According to the current operational theory of Japanese investigators, the deadly collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the Philippine-flagged merchant ship ACX Crystal knocked out the destroyer’s communications for an hour, while the four-times-larger merchant ship was unaware of what it hit until it doubled back and found the damaged warship, two sources familiar with the ongoing Japanese investigation told USNI News on Wednesday.

Investigators now think Crystal was transiting to Tokyo on autopilot with an inattentive or asleep crew when the merchant vessel struck a glancing blow on the destroyer’s starboard side at about 1:30 AM local time on Friday. When the crew of Crystal realized they had hit something, the ship performed a U-turn in the shipping lane and sped back to the initial site of the collision at 18 knots, discovered Fitzgerald, and radioed a distress call to authorities at about 2:30 AM. U.S. Navy officials initially said the collision occurred at around the time of the distress call at 2:30 AM.

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Navy struggles with approach to fix crippled destroyer Fitzgerald, as investigation continues | Defense news -  June 30, 2017
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The bulbous bow of the ACX Crystal left a 12x17-foot hole beneath the waterline, per three Navy sources who spoke on background, an enormous breach that rapidly flooded three spaces. Sailors had about a minute to evacuate their berthing, and several were awoken by salt water rushing into their rack, per two sources familiar with the details of the accident said 

There is no indication that the ship sounded a collision alarm, which would have alerted sleeping crew members to the looming catastrophe, prior to the collision. Those details, however, are the subject of an ongoing Navy investigation.

The collision also significantly damaged the ship's superstructure and SPY-1 radar array on its starboard side, and flooded out a main engineering space and radio central, rendering millions of dollars of expensive gear and equipment useless. 

While investigators try to puzzle out what breakdowns lead to the tragic accident, the Navy is solving a complicated engineering problem: how to secure the ship enough to get the compromised hull out of the water. And then they have to figure out just how bad the damage is, if it can be fixed and where.

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Fixing Fitzgerald 

The emphasis in the early stages will be to stabilize the ship enough to get it out of the water, which the Navy says will likely be somewhere between July 6 and 8. Once its out of the water, the Navy will conduct a full survey of the ship.

One potential concern, according to Navy officials, is that the force of the collision may have warped the superstructure and created an alignment issue for the ship’s SPY-1 radar. Fixing that could add an enormous sum to the repair bill and could even be cost-prohibitive, but those assessments haven’t been completed yet.

Doss declined to comment on the alignment concerns, citing ongoing damage assessments and repair planning.

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http://www.defensenews.com/articles/navy-struggles-with-approach-to-fix-crippled-fitzgerald-destroyer-as-investigation-continues

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Initial investigation blames Navy for USS Fitzgerald collision
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By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 2:44 PM ET, Fri July 21, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/politics/fitzgerald-initial-investigation-blames-navy/index.html?adkey=bn

(CNN)Preliminary findings in the investigation into the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan in June suggest the accident was caused by multiple errors by the Fitzgerald's crew and a failure to take action in the minutes leading to the collision, according to two defense officials.

"They did nothing until the last second," one official said. "A slew of things went wrong." A second official said the crash "will wind up being our (the US Navy's) fault."

The collision between the Fitzgerald, a guided-missile destroyer, and the ACX Crystal on June 17 claimed the lives of seven US sailors. It took place 56 nautical miles off the coast of Honshu, Japan, in an area heavily traveled by commercial shipping.

The initial findings are just the first stage in what is expected to be a lengthy inquiry. Both officials said the initial investigation found that the Fitzgerald crew failed to understand and acknowledge the cargo ship was approaching and failed to take any action necessary to avoid the collision. It's also not clear if the crew ever called the commanding officer to come to the bridge.

The officials say investigators are also looking at the possibility that the ship was traveling at a higher speed than expected to reach a location it was due to arrive at the next day.

The preliminary findings will now be reviewed by the 7th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, even as the investigation continues and they are likely to lead to recommendations about potential punishment.

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Re: Burke-class USS Fitzgerald collides with Philippine-flagged freighter
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 01:45:50 AM »
HII to Not Only Repair USS Fitzgerald but also Upgrade it | Navy Recognition - 14 February 2018
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Contacted by Navy Recognition, NAVSEA explained: Due to the extent and complexity of the restoration, both repair and new construction procedures will be used to accomplish the restoration and modernization efforts. Various Hull Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E), C4I and Combat System equipment, including the electronic warfare suite, radar, switchboard, gas turbine generator, and air condition plant require repair and/or replacement. Fitzgerald will also receive HM&E, Combat System and C5I upgrades that were originally planned for installation during a fiscal year 2019 availability.

We also learned that the replacement of the existing Mark 45 Mod 2 main gun with the latest variant (Mod 4) was considered for a time, but this will not go ahead in the end.


PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Jan. 19, 2018) The USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives in the port of Pascagoula, Mississippi on Friday morning, Jan. 19. The ship will now begin restoration and modernization work at Huntington Ingalls' Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula. (Photo by David L. Stoltz)

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Re: Burke-class USS Fitzgerald collides with Philippine-flagged freighter
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2018, 12:52:43 PM »

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed Pier 9 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Japan, Dec. 1, 2017, to proceed to anchorage in Yokosuka Harbor aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf in order to make underway preparations. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will soon be transported to Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss., for further repairs and upgrades. (MC1 Benjamin Dobbs/Navy)

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Navy adds $57 million more to repair damaged destroyer Fitzgerald | Defense news
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The additional contract for repairing the USS Fitzgerald was awarded Tuesday to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The destroyer arrived at Ingalls in January. A June 17 collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship caved in parts of the Fitzgerald above and below the waterline.

Ingalls, part of Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries, already received a $63 million contract to rip out damaged areas. Repairs and modernization are expected to take until mid-2019.

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has said it could cost $600 million combined to repair the Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain, another destroyer that was damaged in August.

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Re: Burke-class USS Fitzgerald collides with Philippine-flagged freighter
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 03:04:54 PM »
Fight the Ship
Death and valor on a warship doomed by its own Navy.
By T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi

Design by Xaquín G.V. February 6, 2019

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The failures of basic seamanship deeply embarrassed the Navy. Both warships belonged to the vaunted 7th Fleet — the most powerful armada in the world and one of the most important commands in the defense of the United States from nuclear attack.

ProPublica reconstructed the Fitzgerald’s journey, relying on more than 13,000 pages of confidential Navy investigative records, public reports, and interviews with scores of Fitzgerald crew members, current and former senior Navy officers, and maritime experts.

The review revealed neglect by Navy leadership, serious mistakes by officers — and extraordinary acts of valor and endurance by the crew.

The Fitzgerald’s captain selected an untested team to steer the ship at night. He ordered the crew to speed through shipping lanes filled with cargo ships and fishing vessels to free up time to train his sailors the next day. At the time of the collision, he was asleep in his cabin.

The 26-year-old officer of the deck, who was in charge of the destroyer at the time of the crash, had navigated the route only once before in daylight. In a panic, she ordered the Fitzgerald to turn directly into the path of the Crystal.

The Fitzgerald’s crew was exhausted and undertrained. The inexperience showed in a series of near misses in the weeks before the crash, when the destroyer maneuvered dangerously close to vessels on at least three occasions.

The warship’s state of readiness was in question. The Navy required destroyers to pass 22 certification tests to prove themselves seaworthy and battle-ready before sailing. The Fitzgerald had passed just seven of these tests. It was not even qualified to conduct its chief mission, anti-ballistic missile defense.

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https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/uss-fitzgerald-destroyer-crash-crystal/



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Re: Burke-class USS Fitzgerald collides with Philippine-flagged freighter
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2019, 07:25:37 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/87990/industry-usn-teams-help-accelerate-fitzgerald-restoration-and-overhaul

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Industry, USN teams help accelerate Fitzgerald restoration and overhaul
18 April 2019

The US Navy (USN) launched the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) on 16 April and moored the ship pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard, hitting a major milestone in the ship's complex repair and restoration.


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