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REPORT USS FITZGERALD FAILED TO RESPOND
TO WARNING SIGNALS FROM CONTAINER SHIP OR
TAKE EVASIVE ACTION BEFORE COLLISION - NO
ALARM SOUNDED ON DESTROYER JUST BEFORE
IMPACT - CAPT RONALD ADVINCOLA IDENTIFIED
AS SKIPPER OF ACX CRYSTAL, ACCORDING TO
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A British news agency says the captain of the container ship ACX Crystal has told investigators the USS Fitzgerald "failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew."  REUTERS attributes the claim to the 29,000-ton sea-going vessel's skipper, Captain Ronald Advincola.

USS FITZGERALD DAMAGE

There has been no other confirmation of the very serious charge, but a reporter for the well-known wire service claims REUTERS has seen a document containing the Philippine captain's testimony.  It was the first detailed account from someone directly involved in the crash.  It was said to be from Advincola's report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation.  The Crystal is home-ported in Manila.

The captain is reported to have told his superiors he tried hard to steer his ship to starboard (right) before the crash.  

If true, the sensational charges contradict other reports by a destroyer crew-member (before an order was issued to them not to release any information prior to completion of a formal investigation) that when the huge container ship slammed into the much-smaller Fitzgerald amidships, both its running lights and transponder were off.

NEW CLAIM CONTAINER SHIP ONLY
MADE "U-TURN"AFTER THE COLLISION

MilitaryCorruption.com has also learned that Capt. Advincola says the Crystal indeed made a U-turn in course, but only after the collision.  Tracking records show the huge boat continued on to Tokyo for at least eight minutes before it changed direction to allegedly go back and see what had happened.

Such a strange explanation would serve to blunt rumors ISIS-sympathizers among the Philippine crew had deliberately rammed the American warship in the middle of the night. 

But why did it take at least an hour for the Japanese Coast Guard to get any report of the so-called accident some 50 nautical miles off Yokosuka Naval Base?  And how could U.S. Navy lookouts aboard Fitzgerald, plus radar detection devices on the bridge, fail to pickup the threat of a much-larger boat bearing down on the tin-can?

Check back with MCC several times each day for official - and un-official - news developments as to this mystery at sea.  We welcome any INTEL reports from Navy CI's anywhere in the Fleet.  Thank you.

 

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