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>> The US Warship that collided with a container vessel in Japanese waters earlier this month failed to respond to warning signals before the deadly crash that killed seven US crew members. That's according to the Philippine cargo ship's captain, who says his ACX Crystal vessel had signaled with flashing lights after the USS Fitzgerald quote, suddenly started on a course to cross its path.
Multiple US and Japanese investigations are underway into how the guided missile destroyer and the much larger container ship collided in the early hours of June 17th. The cargo ship steered hard to avoid the war ship according to a copy of the Captain's report, but could not avert the crash.
Which ripped a hole below the Fitzgerald's water line killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a US Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in 2000. The investigations into the collision will examine witness testimony and electronic data to find out how a Naval destroyer fitted with sophisticated radar could collide with a vessel more than three times its size in clear conditions.
Another focus of the probes is the length of time it took the ACX Crystal to report the collision. Japan's Coast Guard says it was first notified nearly an hour after the incident.