Saturday, June 17, 2017


Probably not, but point taken.
The US Navy says seven crew members are missing and at least three injured after a destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel off the coast of Japan.


Three aboard the destroyer had been medically evacuated, including the ship's commanding officer, Commander Bryce Benson, who was reportedly in stable condition after being airlifted to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka.


Speaking to Al Jazeera from Tokyo, Michael Penn, a journalist with the Shingetsu news agency, said: "As hours and hours have gone by [and] it was in the middle of the night that they went overboard, there are strong grounds to fear for them."


The Japanese coastguard said the Fitzgerald was experiencing some flooding, but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant vessel was able to sail under its own power.

The coastguard said none of the 20 crew members on board the merchant vessel were injured.


It was unclear how the collision south of Tokyo Bay happened.


"The US Navy ship is an Aegis destroyer, which has one of the most sophisticated radars in existence. So how such a ship was taken unaware and rammed by a merchant ship is very bizarre," Penn said.

A low-level watchman will be scapegoated.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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