US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collides with merchant ship
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. Navy officials at the Pentagon referred questions to the U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan, which is expected to provide an update soon.
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The statement said that the Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka. A U.S. defense official said there is flooding in three compartments and there were injuries.
Pacific Fleet said the extent of injuries and damage are "being determined," and the incident is under investigation, according to the Associated Press.
Japan's NHK news network aired footage of the stricken Fitzgerald. The violent collision occurred on the ship's starboard side, under the the bridge. The ship's crew has set up water eductors, which means they're combating flooding.
What's unclear is how extensive the damage may be beneath the water line.
The ship's skipper is Cmdr. Bryce Benson. He previously commanded the mine sweeper Guardian, which is deployed to Japan.