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Remains of 7 sailors killed in US ship collision return home

Remains of 7 sailors killed in US ship collision return home

Search and rescue crews gained access to the areas damaged during the collision early Saturday about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, and the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments, the Navy said in a release.

The U.S. Navy has released the names of seven sailors who died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan.

Admiral John Richardson arrived at the United States naval base in Yokosuka on the outskirts of Tokyo to meet bereaved relatives and officers who served on the USS Fitzgerald.

The Navy saying the bodies of the 7 American sailors killed in the crash have been recovered.

Three patients required medical evacuation from the ship.

Bailey spent 12 years in the Navy, enlisting in 2004, to serve his country and stand for the men and women by his side.

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"A significant part of the crew was sleeping", he told reporters. She said the family is coping as best they can.

"When they confirmed it, it was like a kick to the chest", she told KTVT.

He thanked "our Japanese allies" for their swift assistance, and said the Navy will full investigate the cause.

One friend posted on Facebook how much she cherished her memories of Huynh: "You were such a genuine and kind hearted person and it pains me that you are no longer here". So he enlisted about two years before his death.

"He was supposed to be coming home in September", Braniff said.

Nippon Yusen said all of the ACX Crystal's 20-member Filipino crew members were safe. The collision occurred at roughly 1:30 a.m., but the cargo ship crew reportedly didn't report it until 2:25 a.m. Mistakes happen. That was the time when the Fitzgerald alerted the 7th Fleet of the collision, a spokesman said.

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The US 7th Fleet is maintaining that the collision occurred at 2:20 a.m. - and both US and Japanese officials have declined to explain why there is a discrepancy regarding timing. The coast guard questioned crew members of the ACX Crystal, and is treating the incident as a case of possible professional negligence, said Masayuki Obara, a regional coast guard official.

The USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-registered container ship crashed early Saturday south of Tokyo Bay.

The Japan Coast Guard subsequently revised the time to 1:30am, meaning the container ship waited 55 minutes before contacting the coast guard, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

More information on any further investigations will be forthcoming, the admiral said.

According to shipping data provided by Marinetraffic.com, the 29,000-ton ACX Crystal was navigating its course off the Izu coastline when it suddenly made a sharp right turn close to 1:30 AM, the same as the new time of collision being put forth by the Japan Coast Guard.

"You're concerned for the families and as a veteran myself, it's something that we know it could happen to anyone". It was in the middle of the night, but still there's somebody on watch and in command of the ship at all times.

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Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from VOA News, the Associated Press and Reuters. The Navy's Judge Advocate General (JAGMAN) will conduct one into the basic circumstances of the accident, while the service will also perform a separate safety review. "He was trying to call me", he said. There is also a possibility the container ship might have tried to cut in front or in back of the destroyer and accidentally slammed into its side.


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