USS Fitzgerald damaged after collision with a Philippine merchant vessel

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The U.S. Navy said one of its destroyers, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan on Friday.

A U.S. official said the USS Fitzgerald suffered damages to its starboard side above and below the waterline which resulted to some flooding.

It is unclear at this time if lives were lost or serious injuries occurred as a result of the mishap.

Japanese Coast Guard is on the scene and providing assistance at the request of the stricken U.S. Navy ship. Fitzgerald is under her own power, although her propulsion is limited.

The condition of the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel remains unknown at this time.

The Fitzgerald is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a crew of approximately 330 sailors. She is forward-based in Japan and has been very active in region as of late, participating in large-scale exercises with two US aircraft carriers, a Japanese helicopter carrier and an array of other surface combatants near North Korean waters earlier in the month.

Here is an aerial video  clip via NHK showing the extent of the damage to the US Navy ship.


Click the image to watch the clip by NHK