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.
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June 16, 2017
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.