9 killed when US sub hit Japanese fishing ship remembered

Families and friends of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into the Ehime Maru, a training vessel for fisheries students from Ehime, Japan, 16 years ago off Hawaii offer leis during a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The submarine's rudder sliced into the ship's hull some 6 miles offshore. This year's ceremony carried special significance under Buddhist custom because it marked the start of the 17th year since the deaths — a special time for healing and remembrance. (Mikako Kubo/Kyodo News via AP)
Tokihiro Nakamura, left, governor of Ehime Prefecture, presents a wreath during the 17th anniversary memorial ceremony for the Ehime Maru at Kakaako Waterfront Park, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Honolulu. Families and friends of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into a Japanese fishing ship off Hawaii 16 years ago remembered their loved ones at a ceremony Thursday. (Jamm Aquino/The Star-Advertiser via AP)
Uwajima Fisheries High School representatives offer paper cranes folded by all the school students in memory of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into the Ehime Maru, a training vessel for the fisheries students from Ehime, Japan, 16 years ago off Hawaii during a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The submarine's rudder sliced into the ship's hull some 6 miles offshore. This year's ceremony carried special significance under Buddhist custom because it marked the start of the 17th year since the deaths — a special time for healing and remembrance. (Mikako Kubo/Kyodo News via AP)
Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi, whose son, Takeshi, died aboard the Ehime Maru, bows his head in front of the memorial during the 17th anniversary memorial ceremony for the Ehime Maru at Kakaako Waterfront Park, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Honolulu. Families and friends of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into a Japanese fishing ship off Hawaii 16 years ago remembered their loved ones at a ceremony Thursday. (Jamm Aquino/The Star-Advertiser via AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2016 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and delegation bow at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The memorial is dedicated to the victims of a 2001 deadly collision off the coast of Hawaii between the Ehime Maru, a fisheries training vessel, and a U.S. naval submarine. The families of nine people killed when the submarine rammed into the ship off Hawaii 16 years ago are set to remember their loved ones. The families will attend a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 on a Honolulu hill overlooking the ocean where the vessels collided. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2001 file photo, survivors from the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru, which collided with a U.S. Navy submarine, sit on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel after being rescued near Honolulu. The families of nine people killed when the U.S. Navy submarine rammed into the Japanese fishing ship off Hawaii 16 years ago are set to remember their loved ones. The families will attend a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 on a Honolulu hill overlooking the ocean where the vessels collided. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File)
Uwajima Fisheries High School students observe a moment of silence in memory of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into the Ehime Maru, a training vessel for the fisheries students, 16 years ago off Hawaii during a ceremony Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the memorial of the accident at the school in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The submarine's rudder sliced into the ship's hull some 6 miles offshore. This year's ceremony carried special significance under Buddhist custom because it marked the start of the 17th year since the deaths — a special time for healing and remembrance. (Tetsuo Hiroyama/Kyodo News via AP)
Families and friends of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into the Ehime Maru, a training vessel for fisheries students from Ehime, Japan, 16 years ago off Hawaii offer prayers during a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The submarine's rudder sliced into the ship's hull some 6 miles offshore. This year's ceremony carried special significance under Buddhist custom because it marked the start of the 17th year since the deaths — a special time for healing and remembrance. (Mikako Kubo/Kyodo News via AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2001 file photo, a blue tarp covers the damaged area of the USS Greeneville docked at Pearl Harbor as it undergoes repairs in Honolulu. The submarine's rudder and port side were damaged after it collided with a Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru nine miles south of Oahu on Feb. 9, 2001. The families of nine people killed when the submarine rammed into a Japanese fishing ship off Hawaii 16 years ago are set to remember their loved ones. The families will attend a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 on a Honolulu hill overlooking the ocean where the vessels collided. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2016 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and delegation bow at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The memorial is dedicated to the victims of a 2001 deadly collision off the coast of Hawaii between the Ehime Maru, a fisheries training vessel, and a U.S. naval submarine. The families of nine people killed when the submarine rammed into the ship off Hawaii 16 years ago are set to remember their loved ones. The families will attend a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 on a Honolulu hill overlooking the ocean where the vessels collided. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)
Family members of the children who died aboard the Ehime Maru, a training vessel for fisheries students from Ehime, make a floral tribute with lei during the 17th anniversary memorial ceremony at Kakaako Waterfront Park, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Honolulu. This year's ceremony carried special significance under Buddhist custom because it marked the start of the 17th year since the nine deaths — a special time for healing and remembrance. (Jamm Aquino/The Star-Advertiser via AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, flowers and lei are placed on the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park Ehime Maru Memorial Service at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The families of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine rammed into a Japanese fishing ship off Hawaii 16 years ago are set to remember their loved ones. The families will attend a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 on a Honolulu hill overlooking the ocean where the vessels collided. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, File)

HONOLULU — Families and friends of nine people killed when a U.S. Navy submarine accidentally rammed into a Japanese fishing ship off Hawaii 16 years ago remembered their loved ones at a ceremony Thursday.

Those killed were on board the Ehime Maru, a training vessel for fisheries students from Ehime, Japan. The submarine's rudder sliced into the ship's hull some 6 miles offshore.

"From critical sadness Ehime and Hawaii united to form a special bond, with a commitment to work towards the beneficial exchanges of goodwill, friendship and understanding," Hawaii Gov. David Ige told more than 100 people gathered for the ceremony.

This year's ceremony carried special significance under Buddhist custom because it marked the start of the 17th year since the deaths — a special time for healing and remembrance.

Buddhist tradition counts the moment of death as the first year of passing.

A Navy investigation found the USS Greenville's captain had rushed through mandatory safety procedures while demonstrating an emergency surfacing drill for the benefit of civilians touring the submarine.

The report said the captain didn't want the submarine to be late returning to Pearl Harbor with the 16 guests.

The Navy uses the Ehime Maru accident as a case study to teach prospective submarine officers what not to do.

It prompted the service to change the way squadron commanders monitor their submarines with the hope that supervision will prevent future collisions.

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