Naval Collision Sees Seven Sailors Missing Off Coast of Japan

The United States maintains a wide and powerful presence on the seven seas, with our navy routinely called to aid our allies around the globe.

Recently, a carrier group from the United States was sent to waters off of Japan in a show of strength aimed directly at sending a message to North Korea’s maniacal Kim Jong Un.  Kim, the “supreme” leader of the reclusive nation, has been consistently threatening the United States and her allies with missiles tests and nuclear weapon experiments aimed at flexing their muscles on the world’s stage.

Now, one of the U.S. naval vessels in the area has had an unfortunate accident with a merchant ship, and seven sailors are missing in the aftermath.

“The search was on for seven US sailors missing after an American warship and a merchant vessel collided off the coast of Japan, as US forces and Japanese authorities worked to figure out why the vessels struck each other.

“The 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship flagged in the Philippines, collided early Saturday local time, officials said.
“The destroyer suffered severe damage to its starboard side, while the container ship sustained light damage.
 “‘This has been a difficult day,’ Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, commander of the US 7th Fleet, said.
“Forces overnight intensified their search for the missing sailors and tried to get a handle on the cause of a crash in a busy maritime zone crossed daily by 400 to 500 ships.
“US and Japanese crafts scoured the spot where the collision happened, about 56 nautical miles southwest Yokosuka and 12 miles off the Izu Peninsula.
“The missing sailors could be trapped in a damaged section of the destroyer, a statement from the 7th Fleet suggested.”
We ask for thoughts and prayers for the families of the missing sailors, and we wish them a swift conclusion to this nightmare.

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