Monday, June 26, 2017

USS Fitzgerald Failed To Respond to Warnings Before Fatal Collision

This latest news item just caught my attention.
From earlier:

Making note of the fact it is now after 3:00 pm EST. And there are a total of 6 news items covering the testimony from the Captain of the ACX Crystal that I have seen. The initial news was posted here at about 8:30 am EST. So, 6 1/2 hours later the vast majority of the five eyes media has not bothered to carry this news.

The Far More Maneuverable Fitzgerald Will Likely Bear Much Of The Blame.


 ACX Crystal warned Fitzgerald as it maneuvered into it's path

 "A US warship struck by a Philippines container ship in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take action before the collision took place, according to a report from the cargo ship’s captain.

The Philippines ship ACX Crystal signaled to the USS Fitzgerald with flashing lights after the US warship “suddenly” changed course to one crossing the container ship’s path, Captain Ronald Advincula’s report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation states, according to Reuters.
The container ship steered to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later, according to the report"
Did the Fitzgerald maneuver back into the Crystal's path? 

 In his report, Advincula said there had been “confusion” on the cargo ship’s bridge, and that the vessel turned around and returned to the collision site after continuing for six nautical miles (11 kilometers).

Possibly because it took that long for the ship to slow down enough to safely make the turn back?

Here's everything I can find at this time- It's paltry.

ABC News Australia

In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship's captain said the ACX Crystal had signalled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald "suddenly" steamed onto a course to cross its path.

The container ship steered hard to starboard to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later

A US warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action

Indication no imminent collision alarm sounded
Reuters- which means it's on the news wire- but 5 eyes are doing their duty to the American military industrial complex and ignoring it!

A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.

Cargo ship’s captain claims USS Fitzgerald failed to respond to warnings or change course leading up to collision


 The U.S. warship that collided with a container vessel near Japan earlier this month veered into the path of the freighter, according to the cargo ship's captain.
The captain's comments come as officials are still trying to makes sense of the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the considerably larger ACX Crystal during the early hours of June 17. Seven Navy sailors were killed in the incident.
In a report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corp seen by Reuters, the captain of the Philippine cargo ship, Ronald Advincula, said their vessel had signaled the USS Fitzgerald ahead of the crash. But the Fitzgerald moved "suddenly" into the ACX's path despite the flashing lights.

I believe the Daily Mail had also covered the report made by the Captain of the ACX Crystal - Keeping this one quiet..

Besides the crime and tragedy, the Fitzgerald incident is also interesting from a PR/media coverage- or actually total lack of coverage. If it's not in the news, did it really happen? If it's not getting coverage does it enter your reality? Ask yourself that when considering what gets coverage, what doesn't and finally why that is? Our perception- being managed 24/7. How are we liking the manipulation?


  1. Um, from my point of view, without being on board that vessel - have been on board many (amateur) seagoing vessels in my time .. the basic rule for sea- going vessels under power (engine) is GIVE WAY TO starboard (right hand side).

    If this vessel is struck on her starboard side. Both vessels were without sail. Then it is a clear case of the "Failure of the American vessel to GIVE WAY".

    From my point of view - the Captain of the American vessel should be Court Marshalled .. and charged with manslaughter of his crew ... but pigs might fly.

    1. Hello Davoh- Yes, I read that it is a rule of sea travel that the ship on the starboard has the right of way-

      Also the larger ship has the right of way

      This news coming out really has me thinking I was on the right track regarding the Fitzgerald incident

    2. “We do not interfere in this terribly bloody conflict. We do, however, provide humanitarian aid to young boys and girls,” Netanyahu said. “It is expensive, but we will continue to invest.”

      The prime minister said that more than a thousand Syrian men, women and children had been treated at Ziv Medical Center in Safed. Many more have been treated at a field hospital the IDF maintains at the Syrian border.

      “They once saw us as enemies,” he said of these patients, “but here they realize more than ever that Israel is a moral bastion and a beacon of light in the region,” where “all are treated equally,” irrespective of their religion and origin.

      Israeli Druze attack IDF ambulance carrying wounded Syrians

  2. for the record.

    It is June 26/2017- we're a full month into summer starting at the May 24 week end
    Cause that's how we roll here in Canada
    It is frigid. It is presently 19 C or 66 F
    Nighttime temp will be 12 C or 54 F

    We have had two days of heat- No heat warning thought the big heat sink of TO (Toronto) had, I think one.
    I don't live in a heat sink!

    Just said to hubby, looking at the darkest clouds for June one could imagine, and said- If I didn't know it was June, I'd think this was December and we are going to get a dump of snow like you couldn't believe.

    This isn't good for my peppers and eggplants which I managed to get into the garden 3 weeks later then usual

    I know North @ Northerntruthseeker is experiencing the same type of chill the next province over...
    and I have the benefit of being further south in Ontario between the lower great lakes- the tropics of Ontario the northerners joke (Buffy ;)- well it's not!

    and btw Buffy, how's the garden? Hoping your still lurking?

  3. “Turkey is a brotherly country for us. We always consider seriously that there should be strong and joint work between us because we actually need each other,” the Crown Prince said. “We are being targeted… and we cannot ask them not to target us. However, what is important is to fortify ourselves as much as possible.”


    get rid of Turkish base in qatar #5

  4. us troops and rebvels caught in pincer kb

    then this

    “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.”

    retribution for the iran missile striks foillowing the idf strikes.

    notable the idf air force head again warning of the lebanon war after new lebanon president backs hezbollah

    Philippine peace keepers this time too/

    1. thanks for the links, I shall read asap

    2. Did the us ambassador just threaten Russia? sounds like the Def department spokesman comment about targeting Russian cities last year?

      Russia says US inviting terror attack by "de facto support for terrorism

      US Army chief Mark Milley fires terrifying threat to Russia

      "We will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before." - MILLEY

      Russian recon ship offshore Syria and SLBM launch