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By Tim Kelly and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – The United States Coast Guard will on Tuesday start interviewing the crew of a Philippines-flagged container ship which collided with a U.S. warship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors.
The U.S. coast guard investigation is one several into the incident on Saturday involving the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal. The cause of the collision at night and in clear weather is not known.
"We are scheduled to interview the crew members," said U.S. Lieutenant Scott Carr told Reuters, referring the crew of the merchant ship. The USS Fitzgerald crew will also be interviewed.
The U.S. coast guard, which is undertaking the investigation on behalf of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, will gather electronic data and ship tracking information from the USS Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal.
The investigation will also look into a time discrepancy in the ACX Crystal's initial report of the incident south of Tokyo Bay, said Scott. "There is a contradiction. It will be part of the investigation," Carr said.
The Japan Coast Guard has already spoken to the Filipino crew and is also probing the inconsistency. It is in talks with the U.S. Navy for access to its crew members and data from the destroyer, a spokesman for the organization said.
The U.S. Navy did not immediately respond when asked if it would release tracking data to the Japan Coast Guard.
The ACX Crystal reported the collision at 2:25 a.m. (1725 GMT) prompting Japanese authorities to initially log the incident at 2:20 a.m.
The Japan Coast Guard subsequently revised the time to 1:30 a.m. meaning the container ship waited 55 minutes before contacting the coast guard, according to the Japan Coast Guard.
Shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon shows the merchant ship chartered by Japan's Nippon Yusen KK, made a complete U-turn between 12:58 a.m. and 2:46 a.m. on June 17.
The Fitzgerald did not contact local authorities. The Japan Coast Guard radioed it after receiving the first report of the collision.
Many of the crew on the U.S. ship were asleep when the collision tore a gash under the waterline on the warship's starboard side, flooding two crew compartments, the radio room and the auxiliary machine room.
When asked on Sunday if the damage indicated the U.S. ship could have been at fault, Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin declined to speculate on the cause.
Complicating the inquiries could be issues of jurisdiction. Although the collision occurred in Japanese waters, international maritime rules, could allow the U.S. Navy to claim some authority over the investigations.
The incident was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000, when 17 sailors were killed and 39 injured
(Reporting by Tim Kelly and Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Michael Perry)
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
FTC Announces Agenda for Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda and speakers confirmed to date for its upcoming workshop in San Antonio, Texas on July 19, 2017, a forum on financial issues and scams that can affect military consumers, including active duty servicemembers in all branches and veterans.
The 2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation, will feature opening remarks by FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen.
Military consumer advocates and groups, government representatives (local, state, and federal), military legal services and legal clinics (including those at universities), all service branches, and industry representatives will discuss:
- Auto purchase, financing, and leasing
- Student and other lending, including installment credit practices
- Debt collection
- Legal rights and remedies
- Financial literacy and capability, including identity theft and financial resources
“Helping servicemembers and veterans avoid fraud, learn about their legal rights and remedies, and find resources that protect them in the financial area is a top priority.” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said. “I look forward to hearing from speakers in the private sector, military, and government about how to best protect military consumers on these issues.”
The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Chapman Auditorium, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 78212. Preregistration is not required. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m., and the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The event will also be tweeted live from FTC’s Military Consumer Twitter account (@Milconsumer) using hashtag #MilFinancialWorkshop.
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Monday, June 19, 2017
The U.S. Navy identified Sunday seven sailors who were lost aboard the USS Fitzgerald after a Japanese merchant vessel struck the warship miles off the Japanese coast.
The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet identified the deceased sailors as:
· Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Va.
· Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, Calif.
· Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Conn.
· Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
· Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, Calif.
· Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Md.
· Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio
The bodies were found in previously flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters. Searchers gained access to these spaces that were damaged during the collision and brought the remains to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, the Navy said Saturday.
The USS Fitzgerald was back at its home port in Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo by sunset Saturday. The Philippine-flagged container ship was berthed at Tokyo's Oi wharf, where officials were questioning crew members about the cause of the nighttime crash.
After stabilizing the USS Fitzgerald, the destroyer USS Dewey had joined other American and Japanese vessels and aircraft in the search for the missing sailors.
The U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement that the crash damaged two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room. Most of the more than 200 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths at the time of the pre-dawn crash.
Water was being pumped out of flooded areas and it was unclear how long it would take to get into the crushed mid-right side of the ship once it was at the pier in Yokosuka, the Navy's statement said Saturday.
Nippon Yusen, the Japanese shipping company that operates the container ship, said in a statement it is collaborating with the ship owner and fully cooperating with the investigation by the coast guard. The 29,060-ton ship is Philippine-flagged and all the crew are Filipinos.
The USS Fitzgerald's captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, was airlifted early Saturday to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka and was in stable condition with a head injury, the Navy said. Two other crew members suffered cuts and bruises and were evacuated. It was unclear how many others may have been hurt, but they remained on board for the 16-hour journey back to port in Japan following the collision, officials told Fox News.
Benson was in his stateroom at the time of the collision, officials tell Fox News. The stateroom aboard a guided-missile destroyer is located on the right side of the ship and below the bridge, and was destroyed when the cargo ship crushed the destroyer. The collision also caused severe damage and flooding to berthing spaces, the radio room and an auxiliary (machinery) space.
The Navy said that the collision occurred 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, home to the 7th Fleet.
"Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the sailors," said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Conditions were clear at the time of the collision, though Yutaka Saito of the coast guard said the area is particularly busy with sea traffic.
The USS Fitzgerald collision is the third mishap since February involving Navy warships near Japan.
In February, USS Antietam, a guided-missile cruiser, damaged its propellers and spilled hydraulic oil into the ocean after running aground off the coast of Japan. At the time, officials told Fox News the warship had dragged its anchor after 30 knot winds blew the ship from its anchorage onto shoal water grounding the ship.
Last month, USS Lake Champlain a guided-missile cruiser hit a South Korean fishing boat, near the Korean peninsula but no injuries were reported.
Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Just off River Street, behind the New Heritage Diner, it looms like something out of the Battle of Midway: the U.S.S. Ling, a World War II-era submarine, squatting in a shallow stretch in the upper reaches of the Hackensack River.
This 312-foot hulk of gray steel has been berthed along the river's shoreline since the early 1970s, when the Navy offered it to a group of local veterans. They were looking to use it as the theme of a new naval museum with the help of the owners of The Record of Bergen County, whose headquarters long stood on this riverside property.
But the Ling has become a 2,500-ton problem, on course to be torpedoed by a luxury development project…
USS Ling (SS/AGSS/IXSS-297) is a Balao-class submarine of the United States Navy; laid down 2 November 1942 by Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia; launched 15 August 1943, commissioned on 8 June 1945; based at Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut.
In March 1960, Ling was towed to Brooklyn, New York, where she was converted into a training ship at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Redesignated "Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine" (IXSS-297), and struck from the Naval Register on 1 December, 1971. She arrived at her present home in New Jersey in January 1973, where she was restored to near-mint condition—scrubbed, painted, and polished for public tours—through the efforts of the Submarine Memorial Association; dedicated "…to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country".
In the American-produced Russian language film Katya shot in 2010, the Ling was used for a set to depict the Soviet K-129 diesel-electric powered submarine which sank on 8 March 1968 northwest of Oahu. more on wikipedia
Atlas Obscura – It was around 1830, soon after the end of the devastating Napoleonic Wars, and the Swedish Crown sent out a delegation to search for ideal spots to plant for future ship production. Three of those emissaries came to a small croft on Visingsö, a narrow island in the middle of Vättern (Sweden's second largest lake). Here they spied three magnificent oaks just outside of an old woman's farmhouse. They took one with them back to Stockholm, and it didn't take much to convince the Royal Navy that Visingsö had nearly perfect conditions for lumber production. Over the next ten years, 300 000 oak trees were planted.
5 Terrible Accidents in the USSR Which the Soviet Leadership Tried Their Best to Suppress:
The tragedy of the cruise ship "Alexander Suvorov"
The Aleksandr Suvorov (Russian: ????????? ???????) is a former Soviet/now Russian river cruise ship, cruising in the Volga–Don basin. On 5 June 1983 Aleksandr Suvorov crashed into a girder of the Ulyanovsk railway bridge. The catastrophe led to 177 deaths yet the ship stayed afloat, was restored and still navigates. Aleksandr Suvorov (ship) on wikipedia
Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti, three students at the National Taiwan University of Arts, collected sewage water from all over Taiwan and and turned them into 1:1 poly models all wrapped in beautiful packaging, assigning each one with a number and "flavor" named after the source where the waste was collected. The team has made 100 popsicles in total. They recently put their collection on display at an art exhibition in Taipei.
Like his mentor Johan Christian Dahl (1788–1857) and John Constable, Balke believed that the sky was as important as the subject below, perhaps more so, given how it takes up more space than the sea or land in his (and most other) works.
In "Northern Lights" (1870s), a series of vertical scraped areas (from lines to bands) stretch across much of the sky to evoke the Aurora Borealis. In the world below, horizontal striations embody a calm, waveless sea.
Peder Balke: Painter of Northern Light continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan) through July 9.
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Nella Dan was a legend among polar ships. Her track record of 85 trips and half a million nautical miles in Antarctica – or 24 times around the Earth – made her, among other things, the ship in Australian service with the most miles and the longest period beset in the ice.
Throughout history, many ships have been lost in the early attempts to explore polar regions or in risky attempts to come to the aid of other expeditions. In modern history, too, pack and pressure ice have so impeded passage that crews had to be abandoned on the ice.
In the vast nothingness of ice, from a distance the scene may look almost serene, but for those on board, the experience of the ice closing in around the hull, causing it to shriek and creak, can be nerve-racking and unbearable. Like a fingernail on a blackboard.
And Here's One for the Laaaaaaadies….
Tom Hardy has been tipped to play polar explorer Ernest Shackleton for an upcoming Antarctic biopic. Peter Straughan – known for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Our Brand Is Crisis – is said to be writing the as-yet untitled polar-themed film. It's not known when filming for the Antarctic biopic will start and no release date has been set. keep reading
Ernest Shackleton is one of the great explorers of the world, a giant of the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration" and leader of three epic expeditions to the Antarctic. His final attempt – the Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition – proved the most grueling and is one of the greatest tales of human endurance, bravery and adventure.
The story of the ill-fated journey of the Endurance has been told on screen before, most famously by Kenneth Branagh in a TV film for Channel 4 in a production the Guardian described as "inadvertently hilarious". (full story on The Guardian)
While we think Tom Hardy will be an excellent Shackleton, there are other hugely important roles that need to be filled, specifically the five members of the incredible voyage of the James Caird. We've put together our dream cast of who could do justice to these legendary heroes…
The ship's carpenter and master shipwright. He was an animal lover and brought along a cat called Mrs Chippy as a companion. The cat was extremely affectionate followed McNeish where ever he went. Mcneish was headstrong and often clashed with Shackleton challenging him on his decisions. keep reading on Coast Monkey; the best of the beautiful Irish coast
The Night Manager's Tom Hiddleston as Chippy? OH HELLYEAH. Here kitty, kitty, kitty!
One aspect of the tragedy doesn't get as much attention as it perhaps should: its particular and enduring effect on the emerging suffrage movement and first-wave feminism in Europe and the US. The disaster's occurrence in 1912 hit smack-bang at the high point of suffrage and anti-suffrage movements on both sides of the Atlantic. The most famous is the "unsinkable" Molly Brown, immortalized both in the (1997) Titanic film and in one of her own; Brown ran for office in the US Senate years before the voyage and would use her fame afterward to discuss women's rights on an international platform.
Several other important feminist figures were also aboard. Journalist Helen Churchill Candee, who had authored the working woman's rallying cry How Women May Earn A Living in 1900, was in the same lifeboat as Brown and would man the oars with her. (She was also an explorer and a nurse who would treat Ernest Hemingway in World War I) Her survival made the world a more interesting place… keep reading on Cruising the Past
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by Tim Kelly (Reuters) The USS Fitzgerald came close to sinking or foundering after the collision with a container ship ripped a big gash under the warships waterline, the commander of the United States Navy's Seventh Fleet said on Sunday.
"The damage was significant. There was a big gash under the water," Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin told a news conference at Yokosuka naval base. Desperate damage control efforts by the crew managed to save the ship, he said.
The bodies of a number of sailors missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship on Saturday were found Sunday in flooded compartments aboard the guided missile destroyer.
Aucoin declined to say how many were found. The search at sea, has been called off, he said.
The Fitzgerald, he said, is salvageable, but that repairs will likely take months. "Hopefully less than a year. You will see the USS Fitzgerald back," he said.
Seven sailors were reported missing and three injured after the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said.
The stricken containership ACX Crystal is now moored at port in Tokyo Bay.
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A U.S. Navy sailor who went missing from the USS Shiloh over one week ago and was presumed dead has been found alive aboard the ship, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.
Petty Officer Peter Mims went missing from the USS Shiloh in the Philippine Sea on June 8, prompting a search that lasted 50 hours and involved Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard assets. The search has been suspended since June 11 after covering roughly 5,500 square miles.
The search has been suspended since June 11 after covering roughly 5,500 square miles.
The Navy said Mims, a Gas Turbine Systems Technician, was found alive on June 15 on board the ship, adding that the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are under investigation.
Sims is expected to be transferred to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a medical evaluation, at which point a recommendation will be made for follow-on medical care.
"We are thankful to have found our missing shipmate and appreciate all the hard work of our Sailors and Japanese partners in searching for him," said Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5 and Task Force 70. "I am relieved that this Sailor's family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country."
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The Coast Guard teamed-up with local responders late Friday and early Saturday to rescue 55 people stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty while entering Hyannis Harbor.
The local fire department notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at about 9:30 p.m. Friday and reported that the Massachusetts Steamship Authority Ferry Iyanough, which serves Nantucket to Hyannis, struck the jetty and grounded on the rocks.
An HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod medevacd five injured passengers and airlifted 10 uninjured people who were unable to navigate the jetty's rocks to get aboard the response boats.
Response boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Woods Hole, Chatham, and Brant Point rescued the remaining passengers and ferry crewmembers. Multiple units from the Cape Cod Mutual Response System assisted with the rescue efforts.
"Rough seas and strong winds overnight challenged responders, but with the help of our local partners, our boat and aircrews were able to get all passengers to safety," said Lt. Cmdr. Matt Baker, the chief of incident management at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.
Six people, including the ferry's captain, engineer, and Coast Guard marine inspectors remain aboard Iyanough. A tugboat and a commercial towboat company are also on scene.
The Steamship Authority says it tested six members of the crew for alcohol, and the results came back negative. The crew will also be tested for drugs.
The Coast Guard will work with the Steam Ship Authority to assess Iyanough's damage, and ensure safe navigation in the area. The cause of the grounding is under investigation.
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