Defense

Japan investigating delay in report of deadly US destroyer collision

The Japanese coast guard is investigating why it took almost an hour for a Philippine-flagged container ship to report a collision with a U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of Japan early Saturday morning, killing seven aboard the USS Fitzgerald.

The Japanese coastguard originally reported the collision time to be at 2:20 am, however changed the time to 2:30 am after interviewing Filipino crewmembers.

U.S. Navy Officials are maintaining that the collision occurred at 2:20 am.

A track of the Philippine vessel shows the ship making a sudden turn at 1:30 a.m., before going eastward, according to the vessel tracker MarineTraffic. The ship then returned to the area where the collision at 2:30 am.

A Japanese coast guard official said officials are trying to obtain a device that contains the communication records in order to examine the details of the collision.

Japan's Transport Safety board has also launched an investigation into the incident.

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