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Navy isn’t sure how destroyer collision that killed 7 happened
The Navy isn’t sure how a deadly destroyer collision happened The U.S. Navy has confirmed the identities of all seven sailors who died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan June 17, as multiple investigations are set up to establish what caused the terrible accident.
The USS Fitzgerald was struck by the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal near the port city of Yokosuka – the home base for the U.S. ship. The accident took place at around 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET Friday), with seven sailors immediately reported missing. The U.S. and Japanese navies initially launched a search-and-rescue effort, but after divers gained access to the area, the U.S. Navy issued a statement saying the remains of the seven missing crew were found in flooded berthing compartments. The seven sailors, who ranged in age from 19 to 27, have all now been named. Three others were injured in the attack, including the captain, Commander Bryce Benson, who was airlifted to the naval hospital at Yokosuka. Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance.
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