Seven Sailors Killed in Collision

Jun 19, 2017

Seven U.S. sailors were killed when a large Japanese container ship plowed into the destroyer USS Fitzgerald on Friday night. “The damage included a significant impact under the ship's pilothouse on the starboard side and a large puncture below the ship's waterline, opening the hull to the sea.”

Why a cargo ship rammed a U.S. destroyer is the question under investigation. Some retired military captains speculated that the U.S. ship may not have followed international regulations requiring ships to give way to other vessels on their right side. The collision occurred in one of Japan’s busiest shipping lanes. 400 vessels a day go through the region where the collision occurred. Despite the damage, the ship is expected to be repaired and returned to service in the U.S. 7th Fleet. Repairs may take a year.