The American destroyers returned to port Yokosuka after a collision with the vessel

© Photo : U. S. NavyЭсминец US Navy Fitzgerald. Archive photoThe American destroyers returned to port Yokosuka after a collision with the vessel© Photo : U. S. Navy

American destroyer USS Fitzgerald, equipped with combat information and control system «aegis» (Aegis), returned to port Yokosuka after a collision with a Philippine container ship, said broadcaster NHK.

When entering the port he was accompanied by two American patrol boats.

On Saturday morning the security service on the sea of Shimoda port in Shizuoka Prefecture, the Japanese received a message about the collision of the American destroyer USS Fitzgerald (length 154 meters, a displacement of 8.3 thousand tons) and the Philippine container ship (length 222,6 meters, a displacement of 29 tons) ACX Crystal 20 kilometers from the coast. As a result of collision three persons were injured, seven missing.

As reported by the American command, during a collision had damaged the engine room, crew cabins and flooded the radio room. In these areas it is impossible to go. There is a possibility that there can be people.

Earlier it was reported that both ships were damaged, but the threat of flooding, no leaking fuel, no. On a container ship beginning to work a team of Japanese experts from the security services on the transport which should determine the cause and details of the incident. Destroyer the priority of the investigation belongs to the American side, so the Japanese service is only able to request cooperation and awaiting the results.

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