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    USS Fitzgerald collision with container ship
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2017 Jun 16, 17:25 -0700

    About eight hours ago, in the middle of the night local time, the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald was apparently involved in a serious collision with a container ship off Nagoya Japan. This is a very busy port area. From the images, it appears that the Fitzgerald was struck amidships right near the bridge by the container ship's bow. I suppose they're lucky this was a low-speed collision --which I have to believe was the case since otherwise the destroyer would have been cut in two.

    I had two young students this Spring in a couple of celestial navigation classes at Mystic Seaport who had served just recently in the Pacific aboard the Fitzgerald. I hope their friends and crewmates are well.

    This story has only a minor connection to traditional navigation, but I thought it might be of general interest.

    Frank Reed
    Conanicut Island USA


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