The Lesson of the USS Fitzgerald Tragedy: U.S. Navy Warships Need More Armor?
On June 17, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a Philippines-flagged cargo ship named ACX Crystal 56 nautical miles off the coast of Japan. The collision severely damaged the multibillion-dollar warship, killing seven members of her crew while injuring several others including her captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson.
Indeed, the ship nearly sank during the incident.