The sea is a dangerous place. Best wishes to all parties, no matter who screwed up the most here.
As an aside (not that it's the most important thing right now), does anybody know the nature of the faceted objects outboard of the bridge wing? They appear to be angled at +-45deg like the SPY-1 arrays, so one presumes some electronic function. It's not clear if SLQ-32 was fitted below this, since that area is damaged beyond recognition...
EDIT: SLQ-32 is present
, but these units still seem very likely ESM in nature.
I figure courts martial for members of the ship's company in the future, plus months in dry dock.
Depending on the damage below the waterline from the bulbous bow they have to figure whether it is worth it for a 22 year old DDG.
If there's really serious talk about recommissioning old junker Perry hulls to bring up combatant numbers, I find it impossible to imagine a Burke would be scrapped almost no matter the material condition.
The faceted objects in question look much like the Israeli ESM systems recently fitted to the
- class frigates during their refit. Not much information about them online. As you suspect they are probably ESM in nature. Condolences to the crew members who lost their lives.