17 June 2017

USA: USS Fitzgerald involved in collision at sea

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

In this file photo, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) operates in the Sea of Japan, June 1. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kelsey L. Adams) >>

Update 4 (June 17, 7:34 a.m. Japan Standard Time)

PHILIPPINE SEA - USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

The Japanese Coast Guard is on scene and providing assistance at the request of the U.S. Navy. Japan Coast Guard cutters Izunami and Kano are on station, as well as a helicopter.

The USS Fitzgerald is under her own power, although her propulsion is limited.

The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. The collision resulted in some flooding. The ship's crew is responding to the casualty. The full extent of damage is being determined.

The extent of number of personnel injuries is being determined. The U.S. Navy is currently working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medevac via helicopter for one Sailor.

The USS Dewey (DDG 105), medical assistance and two Navy tugs are being dispatched as quickly as practicable to provide assistance. Naval aircraft are also being readied.

Update 5 (June 17, 9:20 a.m. Japan Standard Time)

An information center has been set up at the Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Fleet and Family Support Center, with counselors on scene. Interested family members can also call DSN# 243-1728/1729/1730/1731/1732/1734/1735 or commercial 81-46-816-1728/1729/1730/1731/1732/1734/1735 for more information.

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