USS Fitzgerald Crash an Act of Terrorism?

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June 19, 2017

fitz crashNavy identifies USS Fitzgerald sailors found dead after crash

The Navy said that the collision occurred 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, home to the 7th Fleet.

The USS Fitzgerald was back at its home port in Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo by sunset Saturday. The 29,060-ton Philippine-flagged container ship, ACX Crystal, was berthed at Tokyo’s Oi wharf, where officials were questioning crew members about the cause of the nighttime crash. The ACX Crystal’s crew were all Filipinos.

After stabilizing the USS Fitzgerald, the destroyer USS Dewey had joined other American and Japanese vessels and aircraft in the search for the missing sailors.

The U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement that the crash damaged two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room. The majority of the nearly 300 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths at the time of the pre-dawn crash.

Details emerged Monday on the seven U.S. Navy sailors found dead on the USS Fitzgerald after a Japanese merchant vessel struck the warship miles off the coast of Japan.

The bodies of the missing sailors were found in previously flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters. Searchers gained access to these spaces that were damaged during the collision and brought the remains to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, the Navy said Saturday.

The Navy said that the collision occurred 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, home to the 7th Fleet.

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet identified the sailors killed after Saturday’s crash as:

  • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Va.
  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, Calif.
  • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Conn.
  • Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Md.
  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio

Japan’s coast guard was investigating why it took nearly an hour for the collision to be reported. A Japanese coast guard official said Monday that they are investigating what the crew of the ACX Crystal was doing before reporting the crash.

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. Japanese coast guard officials are investigating the case as possible professional negligence, but no criminal charges have been pressed so far.

Nippon Yusen, the Japanese shipping company that operates the container ship, said in a statement that it is collaborating with the ship owner and fully cooperating with the investigation by the coast guard.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our fellow shipmates,” Sean Stackley, acting Navy secretary said. “As details emerge, we can all be proud of the heroic effort by the crew to tend to the needs of those injured and save the ship from further damage while returning safely to port.” The USS Fitzgerald collision is the third mishap since late January involving Navy warships near Japan. In a statement, acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley said, “We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our fellow shipmates. As details emerge, we can all be proud of the heroic effort by the crew to tend to the needs of those injured and save the ship from further damage while returning safely to port.

” He thanked “our Japanese allies” for their swift assistance, and said the Navy will full investigate the cause.Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the 7th Fleet, described a harrowing scene as other sailors fought to keep the ship from sinking. Most of the damage is below the waterline, including a large gash near the keel, Aucoin said.

22 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    So now we learn that the Captain of the Fitzgerald continues his coarse even after broadcast of impending collision with the container ship…No matter that the container ship was on auto pilot…The Captain should have altered coarse for safety sake…Total incompetence…The Captain (if true) should be relieved of Command..7 dead…There is NO justification for this..,Damning.

  • Gail Soldato says:

    If the picture was showing our Navy why does it look like the Japanese hit our Navy Ship? Something smells. Fake News. I’ll wait to see what our POTUS has to say.

  • rewindpulaski says:

    don’t get tied up in knots folks with this empty theory.. the collision of our Navy vessel w/ a Japanese container ship JUST HAPPENED.. It is far too early to jump to some conclusion that it was a terrorist act.. The US Navy will (and with the full support of the DoD and the POTUS) find out what happened.. Watch out for your “light switch mentality” taking over.. This one will take much more than the simple turning on of a light switch to find out what’s what.

    1. Jean Langford M. says:

      No conclusions..Just a hell of a lot of Questions…

      1. rewindpulaski says:

        Yes; you’re right.. One hell of a lot of Qs.. and I’m pretty sure each and every one will be answered in time.. BUT to just yell out “terrorist attack” each and every time something like this happens is crazy.. You’re acting like a Liberal Leftist Democrat whenever one just utters the name “Trump”.. “Knee jerk reaction” has taken on a whole new meaning since President Trump was elected, eh?

        1. Jean Langford M. says:

          First of all “I” did not ever say anything about a terrorist attack…Second…I don’t See anywhere in all of this where “Trump” was mentioned except by “YOU.” The knee jerk reaction that I am seeing here is the “Left” again trying to make it a “Trump” issue when it has no relevance to the Fitzgerald Tragedy…LOL…LOL…

          1. rewindpulaski says:

            Sorry; didn’t mean to offend.. I’m just tired of seeing each and everything laid at the feet of Trump and knee jerk reactions and conspiracy theories made by those with light switch mentalities.. My finger was apparently (and again wrongly) pointed in your direction.. at you… Sorry; it was meant for the light switch types.. not you.

  • BradleyHill says:

    Details emerged Monday on the seven U.S. Navy sailors found dead on the USS Fitzgerald after a Japanese merchant vessel struck the warship miles off the coast of Japan.

    Read more at American Firearms Review: http://www.1776coalition.com/news-heard-around-the-world/uss-fitzgerald-crash-an-act-of-terrorism/#ixzz4kTT7r9bO
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    I thought the Warship struck the Japanese Vessel???

  • Janthony132 says:

    why didn’t the ships radar report the container ships presence and predicted course? Were those on the bridge asleep? They could have sprinted out of the way or blasted a warning horn or lights???? Container ship not that fast.

    1. gvette says:

      You are correct. There is something fishy here. All those ships have radar, and would have seen that ship 50 miles away, and yes there are people on deck watch, 24 hours a day.

      1. Jean Langford M. says:

        Yep, Just said that myself..Surface radars go out to 200 miles plus..So WTF Over ???

        1. gvette says:

          A friend of mine was in the navy, on a ship, so he explained to me how it all works.He has no clue how it could happen, either.

          1. Jean Langford M. says:

            I was the Air Traffic Controller aboard The USNS Chorpus Christie Bay…I know how those radars work and what the standard procedures are..This smells to high heaven…

          2. gvette says:

            That’s exactly what my friend said. I wonder if we will ever know, or better yet, will they share the results with us.

          3. Jean Langford M. says:

            We will just wait and see..The “Truth might” come out..

          4. gvette says:

            I hope so jean. I’m interested in this one.

    2. Jean Langford M. says:

      Yeah..Where was our duty Officer and Radar Operators doing ??? this is not excusable…This “Smells” bad…

  • roboteq says:

    So where is there anything hinting to the sensational title of this article that terrorism may have been involved?

    1. Walter Flatt says:

      YES I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ALSO. MORE FALSE INFORMATION FROM A IDIOT THAT KNOW NOTHING ABOUT REPORTING THE TRUTH.

      1. Jean Langford M. says:

        Coerrectomundo !!!!

      2. roboteq says:

        This news agency is usually pretty decent about just giving the facts as they are known. It certainly does no good for any news outlet that is not one of the Progressive biased outlets to sensationalize or provide any form of false information. I am really disappointed that this article has such a sensationalizing title.

    2. Jean Langford M. says:

      Damn good question..WTF OVER ???

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