US Navy destroyer collides with merchant ship

June 16, 2017 6:23 pm Last Updated: June 16, 2017 6:23 pm

A U.S. Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship near Japan at around 2:30 a.m. local time, the Navy confirmed.

The USS Fitzgerald collided with the vessel about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

“The U.S. Navy has requested Japanese Coast Guard assistance in responding to the collision,” the Navy release reads. “The extent of damage is being determined. The extent of personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.”

According to the Navy Times, there were injuries.

U.S. (L) and Philippine navy personnel launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a speed boat west of Manila as part of joint exercises on June 28, 2013. The annual exercises were held off the west coast of the Philippines' main island of Luzon, close to Scarborough Shoal, which China insists it owns. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. (L) and Philippine navy personnel launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a speed boat west of Manila as part of joint exercises on June 28, 2013. The annual exercises were held off the west coast of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, close to Scarborough Shoal, which China insists it owns. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

The USS Fitzgerald, commissioned in 1995, is not able to operate under its own power, CBS News reported, citing a Defense Department official.

Its crew includes 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers, and 291 enlisted Navy members.