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Report: Officer off USS Fitzgerald failed to recognize danger and caused collision
The USS" Fitzgerald" was in collision with the "ACX Crystal" on July 17, 2017, because an officer steering the warship failed to recognize the danger posed by the oncoming vessel, the Japan Transport Safety Board concluded on Aug 29, 2019. According to the board's report, USS "Fitzgerald" was sailing at a speed of about 37 kilometres per hour in the sea east of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture after leaving U.S. Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture. The "ACX Crystal" and another vessel were sailing eastward side by side at that time and approaching from the right front of the warship. USS "Fitzgerald" crossed in front of another vessel at 01.28 a.m. before colliding with the "ACX Crystal" two minutes later. A crew member of USS "Fitzgerald" alerted an officer in charge of steering the vessel of the danger of collision 10 minutes before the accident occurred. But the officer, who was distracted by the other vessel, did not heed the warning and steamed ahead without slowing USS "Fitzgerald". A subsequent disruption in the destroyer's radar system made it impossible for a crew member to have a picture of the ship's surroundings, but no lookouts were put in place. The officer recognized the danger of a collision only three minutes before it happened. The officer of USS "Fitzgerald" ordered evasive measures, including steering to the right and increasing speed and turning to port side, but withdrew those orders soon afterward. The board said the "ACX Crystal" was too slow to take evasive action as it believed that USS "Fitzgerald" had the primary responsibility to avert a collision. Seven U.S. sailors were killed in the accident, and the captain of USS "Fitzgerald" was later relieved of his command and two other top officers removed from duty aboard the warship.
Destroyer left drydock 22 months after collision with container ship
Almost two years after the collision of the US Navy destroyer USS "Fitzgerald" with the "ACX Crystal" 56 miles SW of Yokosuka on Jun 16, 2017, on April 16 the USS "Fitzgerald" left the drydock and continued repairs at Pascagoula, as another step toward returning to the fleet as a fully ready, combat-capable ship. The ship achieved a milestone in its complex repair and restoration as it successfully launched and moored pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) - Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard. To restore the impacted spaces to full operations and functionality, various Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E), Combat System (CS) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C5I) repairs were being conducted. Report with photos: https://news.usni.org/2019/04/16/uss-fitzgerald-leaves-mississippi-drydock-after-more-than-a-year-of-repairs
US Navy heaps blame on crew in final report on destroyer collisions
The US Navy on Wednesday issued a highly critical report into two multiple-fatality collisions involving its vessels with much larger merchant ships in east and southeast Asian waters earlier this year, saying the incidents were avoidable. In the rst incident on June 17 the destroyer USS Fitzgerald hit Philippines-flagged container ship ACX Crystal off Japan, resulting in seven deaths of US sailors. Then, on August 21 the USS John McCain hit Liberian-flagged oil tanker Alnic MC off Singapore, leaving 10 sailors dead. In issuing the report, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson blamed the terrible outcomes on a string of crew mistakes and basic navigational errors. “Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents,” said Admiral Richardson, the most senior naval officer assigned to the Department of the Navy. “We must do better.” The USS Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal tragedy resulted from an accumulation of small errors over time, culminating in a critical lack of adherence to sound navigational practices, the report found. And in the case of the USS John McCain and Alnic MC, it found that there was a confluence of complacency, over-confidence and lack of procedural compliance. In the wake of the accidents on August 23, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, was relieved of his duties as commander of the 7th Fleet, due to “loss of confidence in his ability to command”. The two top officers on each ship were also removed from their positions for the same reason. “We are a Navy that learns from mistakes and the Navy is rmly committed to doing everything possible to prevent an accident like this from happening again,” added Richardson. http://splash247.com/us-navy-heaps-blame-on-crew-in-final-report-on-destroyer-collisions/Upload News