US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collides with merchant ship

The U.S. guided missile destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel just southwest of Yokosuka, Japan at around 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday, according to a
Navy release

In a brief written statement, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said the Navy has requested assistance from the Japanese Coast Guard, the Associated Press reported.

The statement said Friday that the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. A U.S. defense official said there is flooding in three compartments of the Fitzgerald and there were injuries.

Pacific Fleet said the extent of injuries and damage to the Fitzgerald are “being determined,” and the incident is under investigation, according to the Associated Press.


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