What happened to the USS Fitzgerald?

(Scott Johnson) In the early morning hours of June 17 the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald was involved in a what is described in media reports as a “collision” with the massive Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal container ship. The Fitzgerald returned to Fleet Activities Yokosouka under its own power.
Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin spoke to members of the press about the incident on Sunday. His statement is posted here. The ship suffered severe damage and will require extensive repairs. The incident will be investigated.
In his statement Vice Admiral Aucoin praised the crew: “Heroic efforts prevented the flooding from catastrophically spreading which could have caused the ship to founder or sink. It could have been much worse.” He shed no light on how the incident occurred.
Seven sailors were killed in the incident. Our condolences to the families of the sailors lost in the incident.
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