The USS Fitzgerald, a guided-missile destroyer, has collided with a Japanese merchant vessel about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, according to a statement from the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
The crash happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, and the Navy requested Japan’s Coast Guard’s assistance.
According to the Navy, the extent of the damage to the ship and possible injuries to personnel are still being investigated, as well as the incident itself.
The Fitzgerald had recently made a port call to the US Navy’s Subic Bay base in the Philippines and conducted patrols in the South China Sea.
The Fitzgerald maintains constant contact with Japan as it is forward-based in Yokosuka.