Missing US Navy sailors found dead

Alicia Cross
June 27, 2017

The bodies of several United States sailors who were missing after a U.S. navy ship collided with a container vessel in the busy sea off the coast of Japan, have been found inside the damaged ship, according to the USA navy.

"They are now being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified".

She says they moved to CT was Huynh was in eighth grade. But Aucoin said the search-and-rescue mission was over, and the Navy Times reported that the bodies of all seven sailors had been found in the ship's flooded berthing compartments.

Japanese broadcaster NHK said the collision led to the flooding of the crew's sleeping quarters while they were asleep. Two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room were damaged and began taking in water after the destroyer was rammed mid-right side of the ship.

"Out of concern for the families and the notification process, I will decline to state how many we have found at this time", he said.

The USS Fitzgerald sustained significant damage after a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship on Saturday around 2:20 a.m. Aucion paid tribute to the crew's efforts to save their ship, saying they prevented it from sinking. The Philippine-flagged container ship was berthed at Tokyo's Oi wharf, where officials began questioning crew members about the cause of the nighttime crash.

Navy divers found the missing crew members' bodies.

The container ship that crashed into a US Navy destroyer, killing as many as seven American sailors, could be liable for "professional negligence", Japanese authorities say.

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The Fitzgerald is based in Yokosuka and has a crew of approximately 330 sailors. "Now that the ship is in Yokosuka, I ask that you help the families by maintaining their privacy as we continue the search for our shipmates", he said before the announcement that the bodies were found.

In 2007, Benson screened for the early command program and later served as the executive officer, then as commanding officer of the USS Guardian, deployed from Sasebo, Japan, from 2008 to 2010.

Two others were airlifted off the ship and treated in the hospital for lacerations and bruises. It was unclear how many others may have been hurt.

All of the ACX Crystal's 20-member Filipino crew were safe, according to Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen KK, which operates the ship.

There have been several collisions involving large vessels in the area over the past five years, Japan's Asahi newspaper said. "We thank our Japanese partners for their assistance".

The damage to the destroyer suggests that the container ship, the ACX Crystal, might have slammed into it at a high speed, raising questions about communication between the two vessels in an area where as many as 400 ships pass through every day, according to Japan's coast guard.

But the destroyer, nicknamed the Fighting Fitz within the Navy, suffered severe damage on its starboard side.

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