Missing USS Fitzgerald Sailors Found Dead

Angie Massey
June 24, 2017

The bodies of seven USA sailors missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan were found in flooded berthing compartments, a defense official said.

Abe wrote, "I express my heartfelt solidarity to America at this hard time", praising USA servicemen in Japan under the allies' bilateral security pact. Names of the missing Sailors are being withheld until the families have been notified.

Seven sailors were missing when the 29,000-ton 22-meter container ship ACX Crystal collided with the much smaller than the 8,315-ton USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer.

The destroyer suffered severe damage to its starboard side, while the container ship sustained light damage.

"Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors", said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Shortly after the collision the usa made a request for support from the Japanese Coast Guard, which first arrived on scene and continues to be lead for finding the seven missing Sailors.

A significant portion of the crew was asleep when the collision occurred, Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet commander, said on Sunday.

Because of the hour when the collision happened, many sailors were sleeping, but the ship had a "full complement" of bridge crew on duty, Aucoin said.

The other two were being treated for lacerations and bruises and others injured were being assessed aboard the ship.

Personnel are seen on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald which has been damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, at the US naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, June 18, 2017.

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Other investigations could come from the Japanese and Philippine authorities because of where the accident took place and the Philippine registry of the container ship.

The 20 Filipino crew members of the ACX Crystal, all of whom were unharmed, have been questioned, a spokesman for the Japan Coast Guard said.

The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday.

The ACX Crystal container ship is chartered by Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and owned by Dainichi-Invest Corporation, NYK said. "As soon as the investigation is complete, legal concerns can be addressed at that time", the 7th Fleet said.

Japan's coast guard officials said the sea and air search was still continuing at the site of the collision, 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, home to the 7th Fleet. "You will see the USS Fitzgerald back".

It is not clear what caused the collision but the coastguard has said the area was particularly busy with sea traffic.

"They prevented the ship from foundering or even sinking", Aucoin said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a sympathy message Sunday to President Trump. "Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance".

The US Navy said the collision happened at about 2.30am local time, while the Japanese Coast Guard said it was 1.30am local time.

Other reports by GizPress

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