PRELIMINARY REPORT INDICATES FITZGERALD
TO BLAME FOR DEADLY COLLISION AT SEA IN JUNE
"MULTIPLE ERRORS BY CREW" CITED IN AS YET
UNRELEASED NAVY INVESTIGATION - WHY WAS
SKIPPER ASLEEP IN HIS QUARTERS DURING TIME
HIS DESTROYER TRAVELING IN HIGH-TRAFFIC
AREA? - HOW COME BOTH BRIDGE AND C.I.C. DID
NOT WAKE CAPTAIN - TAKE EVASIVE ACTION?

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It's beginning to look like more than a few of the crew on the USS Fitzgerald - the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer heavily damaged with loss of life in a collision at sea last month - are going to have to walk the plank.  First one In line will likely be the warship's skipper, CMDR Bryce Benson, still recuperating from serious injuries he suffered in the June 17 crash.

USS FITZGERALD DAMAGE

Following him will be the OOD and entire bridge watch, plus the folks in the C.I.C. It is almost inexplicable how the tin-can's crew could have missed the fact a 29,000-ton container ship was bearing down on them, and at least summon Benson to the bridge to order evasive action.

Seven sailors died when the ACX Crystal slammed into the starboard (right) side of the 23 year-old vessel, causing heavy damage and flooding which - if not for heroic efforts by some of the crew - could have sunk DD-62 with heavy loss of life.

TIN-CAN FAILED TO RESPOND TO WARNING
SIGNALS, SAYS CONTAINER SHIP CAPTAIN

We reported (see related stories below) the British news agency REUTERS had seen a transcript of testimony given by the Philippine ship captain, Ronald Advincola, in which he stated the destroyer "failed to respond" to warning signals or take any evasive action prior to collision some 58 nautical miles off Japan's Honshu Island.  The civilian captain testified he tried hard to steer his ship to starboard (to the right) before hitting the destroyer amidships.

Earlier reports that the CRYSTAL's transponder and running lights were off just before impact proved to be erroneous. 

CNN's Barbara Starr at the Pentagon, a more seasoned and accurate reporter than most of the gang currently dedicated to driving President Donald Trump from office, one way or another, says two informed sources (that actually exist) confirmed to her the preliminary findings.  A Navy flak told MilitaryCorruption.com it would be "premature" to "speculate" as to what the final report will say.

But you can bet the farm that CMDR Benson's naval career is over. He, and a number of officers, including the Fitzgerald's OOD, have a very bleak future indeed. 

 

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SUDDEN COURSE CHANGES PRIOR TO IMPACT WITH
7TH FLEET WARSHIP - ANOTHER REPORT SAYS
29.000 TON PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED VESSEL HAD
RUNNING LIGHTS AND TRANSPONDER OFF JUST
BEFORE T-BONING DESTROYER - SEVEN SAILORS
KILLED WHEN SLEEPING BERTHS CRUSHED AND
FLOODED BY SEA WATER AFTER COLLISION

LATEST UPDATE

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
BRITISH NEWS AGENCY REUTERS - U.S. SEVENTH
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