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US Navy ship collision

7 missing after destroyer collides with merchant vessel

17 Jun, 2017 15:26:00

The US Navy said that two crew members, including the captain, have been safely vacated from the Navy destroyer that collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan. Seven sailors are still trusted to be missing. The crew belonged to USS Fitzgerald of the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, and it’s commanding officer Bryce Benson, had successfully been vacated to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, home base of the 7th Fleet, said the Navy. He was in stable condition, said the statement issued by the US Navy.

The US Navy ship had collided with a Philippine merchant vessel, early on Saturday morning. After the collision between the two ships, the Navy had said that seven crew members are unaccounted for and at least was injured.

US navy ship collision news, US NAVY ship collides with merchants, US sailors missing, Missing US sailors, US ship collides with vessel, US news, World news, International news, World news The US Navy says the USS Fitzgerald suffered damage below the water line on its starboard side after it collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship. (Source: AP)

The US Navy further said the ship USS Fitzgerald suffered damage below the water line on its starboard side after it collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship.

The Navy said that the destroyer’s propulsion system had also suffered some damage.

The Navy said that three ships including a medical assistance vessel, USS Dewey, and two Navy tugs are being dispatched as quickly as possible. US Naval aircraft are also being readied to help, said the statement.

The US 7th Fleet issued a statement on its Facebook page saying that it is working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medical evacuation for a sailor by helicopter and that there are currently no reports of deaths.

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