US Navy warship collides with cargo ship off coast of Japan
FoxNews.com -- (06/16/2017) The USS Fitzgerald was under its own power but had limited propulsion after being involved in a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal while operating off the coast of Japan, according to the U.S. military.
One sailor has been injured and the U.S Navy is working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medevac via helicopter. There are currently no reports of any deaths.
The incident happened 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.
The ship suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. The collision resulted in some flooding. The full extent of damage is being determined.
Live footage shot from a helicopter Saturday morning by Japanese broadcaster NHK showed heavy damage to the mid-right side of the Navy ship, which appeared to be stationary in the water. People were standing on various parts of the deck.
The collision occured at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17.
“There is no danger of the ship sinking,” one official told Fox News.
The incident will be investigated.
Fitzgerald, a guided-missile destroyer, carries Tomahawk cruise missiles and missiles capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, part of the regions ballistic missile defense program.