Someone’s Career Is Over

And someone was asleep at the wheel

The bodies of missing sailors were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald, which came close to sinking after a collision with a container ship off Japan tore a gash under the warship’s waterline, the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet commander said on Sunday.

Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin declined to say how many of the seven missing sailors had been recovered, but Japanese media said all had died. “Out of concern for the families and the notification process, I will decline to state how many we have found at this time,” Aucoin told a news conference.

The search at sea had ended, Aucoin said.

The USS Fitzgerald could have foundered, or even sunk, but for the crew’s desperate efforts to save the ship, he said.

Who decided that crossing a containership’s “T” at 2am was a good idea?

4 Responses to “Someone’s Career Is Over”

  1. major dad says:

    Too early to place blame but one report says the container ship had it’s transponder turned off.

  2. Kathy Kinsley says:

    That said, This was a man.. (HT Insty)

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Could be md but there’s simply no way that thing didn’t stand out like a comet on the radar

  4. major dad says:

    Depending on the radar mode yes they could see it but talking to my Navy pals who have been qualified to be on the bridge of a ship, there are other factors that need to be known e.g., other shipping around the destroyer, distractions, etc. They say while it seems odd that this would happen it can with just a few mistakes like misreading a range or bearing or circumstances arising. That’s why I said wait till they have the report of the incident.

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