Japanese Aegis Destroyer Sinks Fishing Boat

A Japanese ship equipped with with the Aegis combat system (perhaps the world’s most advanced integrated weapons system built to defend against air, surface, and subsurface threats) accidentally crashed into a fishing boat this morning:

MINAMIBOSO, Chiba — A Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer collided with a fishing boat off the coast of Chiba early Tuesday, splitting the fishing boat in two and leaving a father and his son missing, officials said.

The 7,700-ton MSDF Atago destroyer collided with the Seitokumaru tuna trawler about 40 kilometers south-southwest of Nojimazaki Cape in Minamiboso shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

The hull of the 7.3-ton fishing boat was smashed in two, and two people on board the vessel, identified as 58-year-old Haruo Kichisei and his 23-year-old son Tetsuhiro, are missing.


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