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RIP USS Fitzgerald sailors

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The seven sailors who were killed on the USS Fitzgerald early this past Saturday morning have been identified.

My condolences to their families.

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Such a sad event.  I hope whatever happened gets cleared up.

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RIP, although this whole thing is shady

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RIP.

 

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
 
Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
 
O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren's shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.
 
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Very shady. 

The Fitzgerald is a Destroyer, one of the fastest and most maneuverable classes of warship, and it collided with a cargoship that has a turning radius that shows up on maps.  

Was there anyone awake on the bridge of either ship?

And why was the destroyer so close to a civillian ship in the first place?

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1 hour ago, Gadgetman! said:

Very shady. 

The Fitzgerald is a Destroyer, one of the fastest and most maneuverable classes of warship, and it collided with a cargoship that has a turning radius that shows up on maps.  

Was there anyone awake on the bridge of either ship?

And why was the destroyer so close to a civillian ship in the first place?

Yeah, this. I can't imagine any situation where a container ship could get in melee range of a Destroyer by coincidence.

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Almost certainly dereliction of duty on the DDG. Someone's for the high jump.

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Regardless of how reasonable a collision might have been (and in some places, things get very crowded for the ballerina hippos that are ships), it's likely that the Captain of that DDG will have "lost the confidence of his superiors" at the end of this, will be relieved of his command, and his career will be effectively over. It's interesting that the Captain had only taken command about a month before the collision.

 

Frankly, he would probably have lost my confidence absent some pretty remarkable circumstances, since this seems to have happened at sea, not in harbor, even though it sounds like the container ship might have been navigating erratically.

 

I will note that a modern US DDG is almost as big as a WWII light cruiser, so they're not quite speedboats.

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