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originally posted by: icanteven
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
Really interesting theory, and I'm also puzzled as to why there's not more information.
If the destroyer did sacrifice itself to protect a sub, I would imagine that the sailors sleeping in their bunks would have been awakened before the collision occurred.
Still, it's a very bizarre incident. Maersk is one of the world's largest container shipment companies. I would think they, too, would have safety protocols in place so something like this would never happen.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
In the spirit of the roots of 'ATS' I'd like to propose a possible alternate theory about what may have happened between the US Navy Arliegh Burke destroyer, USS Fitzerald, and the Maersk container ship, ACX Crystal, on June 16. Seven US Navy sailors lost their lives in the collision.
There are a couple other 'breaking' threads which have gotten into a number of details about the collision including debate over what time the collision actually happened, and relative compass headings of the two vessels prior to (and following) the collision. And, while interesting, these threads do not address one fairly striking detail. This detail is; following what I believe most would agree is a 'serious' maritime incident there has been a striking lack of follow up information about what happened. This absence of information is curious.
The time at which the collision occurred was arguably 0230L (some would have it at 0130L), but in either case it was clearly very early in the morning (or very late at night, whichever you choose). At the time of collision both ships were traveling in similar directions, but on a collision course, this much is not disputed. There is some question about whether the ACX Crystal made some maneuvers just prior to the collision. This coupled with the question about the actual time the collision occurred is odd, odd that it would still be in question this many days after the incident. Regardless of ultimate root cause and responsibility, which may take months / years, it would seem reasonable that basic information surrounding the incident would be more readily available, but it isn't. Makes one wonder why.
Some have posited that the collision may have been intentional, and this got me to thinking. Why? Why would a US Naval vessel intentionally place itself in the path of a much larger oncoming ship?
Is it possible there was something there? Is it possible there was say a fully loaded ballistic missile submarine on the surface (or just below the surface) experiencing some kind of mechanical difficulty (but trying to remain hidden), the ACX Crystal was headed straight for it and the Fitzgerald was left no other choice but to shield it from a catastrophic collision with the ACX Crystal? Something of this nature would seem to fit the story line...and the lack of follow up information. The cargo ship Crystal more than likely only had a skeleton crew on the bridge at the time of the collision, and they may have been distracted from numerous attempts by the Fitzgerald to hail her. Maybe they were even asleep at the wheel, don't know. Protocol would not seem to allow the Fitzgerald to fire on the cargo ship as it was not acting in an aggressive manner (perhaps irresponsible maybe, but not aggressive). Equally, the Navy would not, ideally, want to announce the presence of a strategic warship like a nuke sub.
Did the Fitzgerald possibly get in the way and sacrifice herself to save a collision between the ACX Crystal and the submarine?
Just a possible alternate theory, and in the spirit of the foundations of ATS.