Updated on Saturday at 12:25 a.m. ET
A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer known as the U.S.S. Fitzgerald has been considerably damaged following a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel on Friday at around 2:30 p.m. local time in Japan. At the time of the collision, the Fitzgerald was located 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka—a city near Tokyo that houses a U.S. naval base. CNN reports that the ship has a crew of around 330 sailors.
Aerial footage from the Japanese broadcaster NHK seems to confirm reports that the Fitzgerald took on water in at least three compartments. In the footage, people can be seen standing on the deck of the ship:
Aerial footage of the badly damaged USS Fitzgerald pic.twitter.com/LvmoZunvrA— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) June 16, 2017
Soon after the collision, the U.S. Navy requested help from the Japanese Coast Guard, which quickly arrived on the scene. While the ship was originally headed to Tokyo, it has since reversed course and made its way back to the naval base in Yokosuka. According to the Navy, the Fitzgerald runs on its own power, but has limited propulsion. The ship, which received a $21 million upgrade in February, does not appear to be in danger of sinking.