U.S. Navy Destroyer Fitzgerald Collides with Philippine-Flagged Merchant Ship near Japan

AT SEA - SEPTEMBER 8: (FILE PHOTO) In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is on patrol on Sept. 8, 2014, in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
The U.S. Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.