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7 U.S. Sailors Missing in Navy Destroyer Collision With Merchant Vessel

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) earnings to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a businessman vessel while handling southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) earnings to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a businessman vessel while handling southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

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Updated during 5:52 a.m. ET Saturday

A U.S. Navy destroyer reached a bottom Saturday dusk in Yokosuka, Japan while hunt efforts continued for 7 blank sailors.

The Pentagon confirms 7 organisation members of a USS Fitzgerald are unaccounted for after a collision with a Philippine-flagged businessman vessel off a seashore of Japan. The collision with a enclosure boat ACX Crystal took place around 2:30 a.m. Saturday internal time.

Three patients have now compulsory medical evacuation, a 7th Fleet reported on Twitter. A matter from a Navy says:

“One was Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Fitzgerald’s autocratic officer, who was eliminated to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka and is reportedly in fast condition. … Other harmed are being assessed. There are 7 Sailors unaccounted for; a boat and a Japanese Coast Guard continues to hunt for them.”

The Fitzgerald, that is significantly smaller than a enclosure boat concerned in a collision, “suffered repairs on her starboard side above and next a waterline” that “resulted in some flooding,” a Navy says.

Early on Saturday afternoon internal time, a 7th Fleet announced that “[f]looding has been stabilized” and sailors from a USS Dewey are “assisting in repairs control efforts.”

Aerial footage shot by Japanese broadcaster NHK appears to depict serious damage to a destroyer, that is now move underneath a possess energy behind to pier in Yokosuka.

The Navy matter adds, “USS Dewey (DDG 105) got underway this morning as good as several U.S. Navy aircraft, and will join Japanese Coast Guard and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters, ships and aircraft to describe whatever assistance might be required.”

The destroyer USS Fitzgerald, seen sailing in a Sea of Japan progressing this month.

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The destroyer USS Fitzgerald, seen sailing in a Sea of Japan progressing this month.

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The matter quotes Adm. Scott Swift, commander of a U.S. Pacific Fleet as saying, “Right now we are focused on dual things: a reserve of a boat and a contentment of a Sailors. … We appreciate a Japanese partners for their assistance.”

“All of a thoughts and prayers are with a Fitzgerald organisation and their families,” Adm. John Richardson pronounced in an progressing statement.

The guided barb destroyer recently took partial in a training practice with a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, along with a aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan.