US says all seven sailors dead in warship crash off Japan's coast

US Navy chief pledges full probe into deadly destroyer collision

On Sunday the U.S. Navy released the names of the seven sailors who died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel on Saturday.

Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, of the Oakville section of Watertown was identified as one of the victims Sunday night.

"There wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea, and as you can see now, the ship is still listing", Aucoin said Sunday at the US naval base at Yokosuka, 50 miles northeast of the collision site.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen off Shimoda, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo June 17, 2017.

Three of the Fitzgerald's crew, including the destroyer's commanding officer, Cmdr.

The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors killed Saturday in a ship collision, and one of them is a Texas native.

According to the Guardian, Aucoin said that they were indebted to the affected families, adding that he would lead an inquiry to unearth the cause of the crash.

"(Naval Base Guam) sends our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brothers and sisters on USS Fitzgerald", a Naval Base Facebook post stated.

"Heroic efforts prevented the flooding from catastrophically spreading which could have caused the ship to founder or sink". And as you can see now the ship is still listing, so they had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface.

Japan's coast guard officials said the sea and air search was still continuing at the site of the collision, 56 nautical miles (103 kilometers) southwest of Yokosuka, home to the 7th Fleet.

The impact tore a huge gash in the Fitzgerald, sending gallons of water flooding into the berths where the crew were sleeping.

He is in stable condition, the Navy said.

"We were sailing in the same direction as the USA destroyer was and then collided", the ACX Crystal captain told the Jiji Press. "Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance".

He spoke with the docked Fitzgerald behind him, after tugboats towed it ashore in the hours after the collision 104 kilometers southwest of Yokosuka, in a busy shipping channel.

"The damage was significant, this was not a small collision", said Vice Adm.

The rules require that ships must have a watch posted at all times and follow a number of collision-avoidance steps when crossing paths with or overtaking other vessels.

She says they moved to CT was Huynh was in eighth grade.

The vessel was taking on water after the incident, but the crew was working to stabilize the ship by pumping water out of the hold, a US Navy official told CNN. The 10,000-ton Fitzgerald is a guided-missile destroyer that is dwarfed by the 29,000-ton ACX Crystal, a Phillippine based container ship. The container ship's left bow was dented and scraped, but it did not appear to have sustained any major structural damage.

Former State Department spokesman and Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Saturday that the Navy will likely hold to account whomever is responsible for a warship collision off the coast of Japan.

The ship, which handles general cargo, is manned by a captain and a crew of 20, NYK said.



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