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    Re: USS Fitzgerald collision with container ship
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2017 Jun 18, 14:54 -0400

    Thank you Lu. Early reports had the container ship heading in one
    direction, then doing a 5 mile dog leg, then heading back to where the
    collision occurred where it remained for almost an hour before the
    collision. At a reported speed of 16 knots this must have taken a good
    bit of time. How it remained near one spot at 16 knots (almost zero
    velocity) without anchoring or turning in circles baffled me.
    On 6/18/2017 2:38 PM, Lu Abel wrote:
    > One of last night's network TV news broadcasts showed the AIS track of
    > the two ships.  The Fitzgerald was holding a steady course to the
    > northwest.
    > The container ship approached the Fitzgerald from the WSW, ie, almost
    > perpendicular to the Fitz's port side.   As the burdened vessel, it
    > turned to the south (its starboard) and passed behind the Fitzgerald. So
    > far, so good.
    > But the AIS track shows the container ship then doing almost a 180
    > degree turn to port, ending up traveling to the west and aiming itself
    > at the Fitz's starboard side where the collision then occurred.

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