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originally posted by: roadgravel
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
The track makes much more sense after a collision then before. There has been speculation that the Crystal had no light on, which if true would on a dark night make sighting difficult.
originally posted by: ANNED
IF the Fitzgerald was doing something unusual the captain would have been on the bridge and in direct command.
Because the ship was steaming on a set coarse and under command of a OOD leads me to believe that condition's were usual night time steaming.
but why did the lookout not see the cargo ship
One the cargo ship had a black painted hull.
The lookouts likely had just 10x 50 binoculars no night vision equipment.
Also its unlikely the lookout could talk to the radar operators in CIC directly.
This means that if the radar operator saw something he could not talk to the lookout to ask what he could see.
He had to talk to the bridge and they had to tell the lookouts.
On many navy ships there are two lookout one port and one starboard.
they each watch there own side of the ship.
Depending on the way the ship is built there may be limits on what they can see.
Also the navy ship has both radar and AIS data to spot ships in there area.
But the cargo ship only has radar to spot the navy ship because the navy ship seldom turns on there AIS transmitter outside US waters for security reasons.
Lastly both ship captains are at fault under COLREGS.
Every modern admiralty court trial of ships colliding has found fault with both ships, even if one is securely anchored!
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: roadgravel
No, not necessarily a "sub-killer" per se, but rather maybe just happened to be headed on a collision course with something like a submarine which ACX Crystal would have had no idea was there.
originally posted by: UKTruth
These destroyers use the Aegis defence system. I believe. They would have known well in advance of a possible collision but they decided not to get out of the way. We will not ever find out why.