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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 08:02 AM

They (Fitzgerald) navigated by magnetic compass

"The crew's response was swift and effective, and I want to point out - as we stand by the ship - how proud I am of them.

Heroic efforts prevented the flooding from catastrophically spreading which could have caused the ship to founder or sink. It could have been much worse.

The crew navigated the ship into one of the busiest ports in the world with a magnetic compass and backup navigation equipment. One of two shafts were locked."

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101098

We're proud of them too!

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Response to Deb (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 08:22 AM

1. They should've had redundant gyros and backup Sat Nav

Plus, huge cargo ships should be visible by AIS radar and crew on bridgewatch. If visibility was an issue, bit vessels should have been sounding horns.

Something sounds off about this.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 09:14 AM

5. I think this is the post collision trip back to port.

As far as not being aware of what's around the ship per-collision that is very troublesome. One thing I know, the Navy is unforgiving. This captain will never command again.

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Response to Deb (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 08:23 AM

2. still like to know how such a collision could have possibly happened in the first place...

with today's radar and sonar on our warships, this must have been a massive f*ckup by some one or a bunch of some ones

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Response to Deb (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 08:27 AM

3. Kudos to the crew for responding quickly in the middle of the night and saving the ship

However, there is still no valid reason for a modern destroyer to be run down by a big container ship.

The bridge crew was negligent, at best, even though the rest of the crew responded well.

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Response to Deb (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 08:46 AM

4. This accident should never have happened; someone on that ship is responsible.

Likely, it will be the captain who will lose his career. There is no way in hell they should not have seen a GIANT CONTAINER SHIP coming at them. As the smaller, more maneuverable vessel, they would have been the ones to give way. A container ship that big requires miles to stop, and cannot readily get out of the way.

But clearly whoever was on the bridge at the time is negligent.

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