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Hearing: Series of errors by junior officers contributed to Fitzgerald collision, deaths

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WASHINGTON — A preliminary hearing for two junior officers at the controls when the USS Fitzgerald and a merchant container ship collided last year in the busy waters off the coast of Japan highlighted a series of errors by the ship's crew.

The collision killed seven sailors in the early hours of June 17. Until just moments before the strike, the accused officers in the Combat Information Center several levels below deck were unaware of the danger from nearby ships. On that, the government and the defense at Wednesday’s Article 32 hearing agreed. https://www.stripes.com/hearing-series-of-errors-by-junior-officers-contributed-to-fitzgerald-collision-deaths-1.526330

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