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USS Fitzgerald Command Triad Removed Following Early Investigation Results

USS Fitzgerald Command Triad Removed Following Early Investigation Results

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt and CMC Brice Baldwin were removed from their positions on USS Fitzgerald

This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. 7th fleet.

THE PENTAGON — The top three leaders of the guided-missile destroyer involved in the June collision, which resulted in the death of seven sailors and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, have been removed from their positions, the vice chief of naval operations told reporters on Thursday afternoon. Read More

Damaged Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Heading to U.S. for Repairs as Soon as September

Damaged Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Heading to U.S. for Repairs as Soon as September

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) moves into Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The destroyer damaged by a collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan is heading back to the U.S. for repairs, according to a Navy solicitation issued last week for a transport large enough to take the warship back to the U.S. Read More

Repair for USS Fitzgerald After Collision Will Cost More Than Fix to USS Cole After Terror Attack

Repair for USS Fitzgerald After Collision Will Cost More Than Fix to USS Cole After Terror Attack

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The cost to repair stricken destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) will easily be more than the $250 million the U.S. Navy paid to repair USS Cole (DDG-67) after it suffered a 2000 terrorist attack in Yemen, USNI News has learned. Read More

New Dry Dock Photos Show the Scope of Hidden USS Fitzgerald Damage

New Dry Dock Photos Show the Scope of Hidden USS Fitzgerald Damage

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. US Navy Photo

A new series of photos released on Wednesday by U.S. 7th fleet now show the hidden damage suffered by USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. Read More

USS Fitzgerald Commander Temporarily Relieved; Destroyer Enters Dry Dock

USS Fitzgerald Commander Temporarily Relieved; Destroyer Enters Dry Dock

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, then-executive officer, assists in bringing down the battle ensign aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) in 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The commander of the guided missile destroyer that was struck by a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel last month off Japan was temporarily relived of command for medical reasons, a U.S. 7th Fleet spokesperson told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Names Former Destroyer Commander to Lead USS Fitzgerald Collision Investigation

Navy Names Former Destroyer Commander to Lead USS Fitzgerald Collision Investigation

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: Due to a mistake in a Navy release, Rear Adm. Brian Fort’s job in the service was misstated in a previous version of this post. Fort is the commander of Navy Region Hawaii and commander of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, not the Middle Atlantic. 

An experienced surface warfare officer will lead the U.S. Navy’s investigation into the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and a merchant ship, according to an announcement released on Friday by U.S. 7th Fleet. Read More

7 Sailors Lost on USS Fitzgerald Represent Cross Section of Americans

7 Sailors Lost on USS Fitzgerald Represent Cross Section of Americans

A photo compilation depicting the seven sailors who died during June 17, 2017 collision between a merchant ship and the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. USNI News Image

A photo compilation depicting the seven sailors who died during June 17, 2017 collision between a merchant ship and the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. USNI News Image

Seven enlisted sailors were killed in the June 17 collision between guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. They ranged from age 19 to 37 and come from communities across the country and overseas. The following is a compilation of media reports about the seven sailors. Read More