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U.S. Navy Statement on USS Fitzgerald Investigation

Below is a statement released July 21 by U.S. Navy Chief of Information, Rear Adm. Dawn Cutler on the investigation into the June 17 collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant vessel about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan:

YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 11, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) moves into Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from a June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 11, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) moves into Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from a June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)

“We are in the early stages of the investigation process to develop a comprehensive picture of what caused the collision and do not have any definitive information to release at this time. It is premature to speculate on causation or any other issues. Once we have a detailed understanding of the facts and circumstances, we will share those findings with the Fitzgerald families, our Congressional oversight committees and the general public.”

 

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