June 22, 2017 By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
A grim Ministry of Defense (MoD) urgent action bulletin circulating in the Kremlin today states that the Federation has received notice from the US Pacific Command (PACOM) that “hostilities are likely to soon occur” throughout the entire Sea of Japan region—and that the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) states is “directly related” to North Korea hacking the autopilot controls of a massive container ship, then crashing it into a US Navy destroyer killing, at least, 7 American sailors. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
According to this bulletin, early on 17 June 2017, the US Navy destroyer DDG-62 USS Fitzgerald collided with MV ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container ship, 104 kilometers (64 miles) southwest of Yokosuka and 19 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the city of Shimoda—both cities being in Japan.
MoD analysis of sea and weather conditions existing in the collision area at the time this incident occurred, this bulletin continues, shows the waters having a Douglas Sea Scale rating of 2 for State of Sea (0.10–0.50 meter wave height [Smooth]) and a 1 rating for Swell (Very Low-short or average and low wave) and a US Department of Defense rating (PDF) of 9 for excellent visibility (over 50 kilometers/30 nautical miles) with a Beaufort scale weather rating of “B” (Blue Sky/0-2/8 clouded).
With neither sea or weather conditions having any contributing factor in this collision, this bulletin states, MoD analysts then began an Automated Identification System (AIS) analysis of both the USS Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal—with it being quickly discovered that the USS Fitzgerald was operating without their AIS, but the ACX Crystal being able to have its entire course analyzed.
AIS, this bulletin explains, is a tracking system that has become the “Internet of Ships” and is a tool for nearly anyone to identify and track ships traveling around the world through websites and mobile applications—with many AIS receivers connected directly to the Internet via serial port servers that are carried aboard ships, buoys, and other navigation markers.
The MoD’s analysis of the ACX Crystal’s AIS tracking data, this bulletin notes, showed that the cause of this collision was due to it radically altering its course by making a “U turn” on the open sea and then heading directly towards the USS Fitzgerald and ramming it.
AIS tracking log of ACX Crystal on 17 June 2017
Audio recordings from the bridge of the USS Fitzgerald, this bulletin continues, reveal that its US Navy sailors feverishly tried to avoid the ACX Crystal, but to no avail as this 10-story tall container ship had greatly accelerated its speed—with no one on the USS Fitzgerald being able to fully comprehend that they were under attack.
USS Fitzgerald bridge audio begins around 9:30…collision with ACX Crystal at 12:40……
Critical to note about the ACX Crystal’s radical departure from its course, this bulletin notes, is that two days before its ramming the USS Fitzgerald, on 15 June, the same type of “incident” occurred when a Federation registered yacht named the Katalexa, that was sailing from Taiwan to the Russian city of Vladivostok, was hijacked by North Korea with its frantic crew desperately radioing that they had lost “all control” over their vessel…