Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision

Ehime Maru And USS Greeneville Collision

Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision

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The Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision' was a ship collision between the United States Navy (USN) submarine USS Greeneville and the Japanese fishery high school training ship Ehime Maru (えひめ丸) on 9 February 2001, about off the south coast of Oahu, Hawaii, United States. In a demonstration for some civilian visitors, Greeneville performed an emergency surfacing maneuver. As the submarine surfaced, it struck Ehime Maru, a fishery high school training ship from Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Within minutes of the collision, Ehime Maru sank. Nine of its crewmembers were killed, including four high school students.

Many Japanese, including government officials, were concerned over news that civilians were present in Greeneville<nowiki>'</nowiki>s control room at the time of the accident. Some expressed anger because of a perception that the submarine did not try to assist Ehime Maru survivors and that the submarine's captain, Commander Scott Waddle, did not apologize immediately afterwards. The Navy conducted a public court of inquiry, placed blame on Waddle and other members of Greenevilles crew, and dealt non-judicial punishment or administrative disciplinary action to the captain and some crew members.

In response to requests from the families of Ehime Maru victims and the government of Japan, the USN raised Ehime Maru from the ocean floor in October 2001 and moved it to shallow water near Oahu. Once there, Navy and Japanese divers located and retrieved...
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