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Maybe a container ship captain is spinning a sea story.
TOKYO, June 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.
Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.
In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship's captain said the ACX Crystal had signalled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald "suddenly" steamed on to a course to cross its path.
The container ship steered hard to starboard (right) to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later at 1:30 a.m., according to a copy of Captain Ronald Advincula's report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation that was seen by Reuters. The U.S. Navy declined to comment and Reuters was not able to independently verify the account.
originally posted by: jaws1975
a reply to: roadgravel
Maybe. But everyone else is staying behind "can't comment".
Thats what caught my attention, I don't think the Navy would allow a false narrative to move forward without correcting the record.
Maybe it isn't false. The Navy can make a mistake. Happened before.
originally posted by: C84K2
Here's an explanation of what could have happened by Matt Bracken, a former navy seal. Starts at 34:26. His answer is long, but detailed and is a good explanation of what he thinks happened.
I'll try to make some quick notes for anyone who cant watch it, to give a sloppy summary.
The navy ship thought the cargo ship was on a course to pass by safely by 1000 yards. But the cargo ship then makes a slight automated course change of 15 degrees which then negates the earlier determined status of the cargo ship passing by safely. The 15 degree automated course change could be due to a shoal which the cargo ship needs to avoid, or something of that nature.
So the navy is thinking it will pass safely, but do not know of the course change of direction of the cargo ship. And as the ships get closer a breakdown in communication happened. Then it was too late.
originally posted by: pteridine