The USS Fitzgerald, a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, was in a collision over the weekend with a Filipino container ship. Seven sailors are dead.
“It won’t be just the navy that gets the lash here,” said John Kirby, a retired rear admiral. “Careers will be dashed. People will be punished. Short of battle at sea, navy warships are not supposed to hit anything – not the ground, not each other, and certainly not container ships in the middle of the night.”