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U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Coast Of Japan

The destroyer USS Fitzgerald, seen sailing in a Sea of Japan progressing this month.

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The destroyer USS Fitzgerald, seen sailing in a Sea of Japan progressing this month.

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Updated during 8:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Navy says one of a destroyers, a USS Fitzgerald, collided with a Philippine-flagged businessman vessel off a seashore of Japan. The collision with a enclosure boat ACX Crystal took place around 2:30 a.m. Saturday internal time.

One harmed soldier has been evacuated from a Fitzgerald, The Associated Press reports, while a Navy’s 7th Fleet says it is still last a “number of organisation injuries” and a border of constructional repairs to a vessel.

The Japanese seashore ensure has been aiding a destroyer, that is significantly smaller than a enclosure boat concerned in a collision. The Fitzgerald “suffered repairs on her starboard side above and next a waterline” that “resulted in some flooding,” a Navy says.

Aerial footage shot by Japanese broadcaster NHK appears to etch serious repairs to a destroyer, that is now move underneath a possess energy behind to pier in Yokosuka.

“All of a thoughts and prayers are with a Fitzgerald organisation and their families,” Adm. John Richardson pronounced in a statement.

The guided barb destroyer recently took part in a training practice with a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, along with a aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan.