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Capstone Corporation Plays Role in Response to US Navy Ship Collision

Friday, 17 November 2017 09:36

June 2017 – Capstone Corporation is pleased to recognize the outstanding performance of two of our employees, Mr. Akira Cibulka and Mr. Alexander Tucker during the tragic incident on 17 June involving the collision of ACX Crystal with USS Fitzgerald (FTZ) near Shimoda, Japan. The collision caused catastrophic damage to FTZ, resulting in severe degradation to communications, breach of the hull beneath the water line, and flooding within  crew compartments and engineering spaces. The severity of the damage was such that immediate assistance was required to support and recover the vessel, conduct a bilateral SAR operation, and provide life-saving/MEDEVAC response for members of the crew.  

Approximately 30 minutes after the collision, Akira Cibulka, a Watch Officer supporting Naval Forces Japan, received the initial report. He quickly identified and informed stakeholders, which facilitated effective coordination and decision-making and assisted greatly in the rapid response to the incident. His Japanese language proficiency was instrumental in orchestrating the bilateral rescue operation, involving the deployment of several vessels and supporting aircraft, the exchange of search plans between organizations, and the medical evacuation of crew members.   When Alexander Tucker assumed Watch Officer duties at 0800, he continued to coordinate with responding organizations, assisted the Commander, Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) Liaison Office in standing up their coordinator, and employed information management and knowledge management to support CNRJ involvement in sustained search and rescue, medical evacuation, and recovery efforts throughout the day.  

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Capstone provides integrated technical solutions and services to U.S. Government agencies in training and exercises; strategy, plans and operations; and cyber and information technology in more than 20 U.S. states and several overseas locations. Capstone, as a subcontractor to TENICA and Associates, manages the Navy Regional Operations Centers in Naples, Italy; Yokosuka, Japan; Norfolk, VA; and Jacksonville, FL.