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Sailors Killed in USS Fitzgerald Collision From San Diego

The US Navy has identified seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship in Japanese waters on Saturday.The US and Japan launched a major search operation to find seven missing American sailors on June 17 after their navy destroyer collided with a container ship, crushing the side of the military vessel.The U.S. Navy on Monday identified the dead sailors as: Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia; Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California; Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut; Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas; Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California; Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland; and Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio.It is reported that following the collision many in the crew kept diving into flooded parts of the ship attempting to rescue fellow sailors, worked to keep the destroyer afloat or manned the guns thinking the collision may have been an attack.Aucoin declined to say what might be to blame for the accident, the cause of which is being investigated. Most of the damage is below the waterline, including a large gash near the keel, Aucoin said. The destroyer returned to Yokosuka on Saturday evening with the help of tug boats.Navy officials said that divers immediately began inspecting the damage and developing a plan for repairs and inspection of the impacted spaces upon the destroyer’s return to Yokosuka.”The crew had to fight very hard to keep the ship afloat”, he said. The collision also caused severe damage and flooding to berthing spaces, the radio room and an auxiliary (machinery) space.The Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr.Two other crew members were flown out by helicopter with cuts and bruises.The 154-metre (500-foot) Fitzgerald – commissioned in 1995 and deployed in the Iraq war in 2003 – was pulled by a tugboat back to its base on Saturday in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo.An Ohioan was among the seven dead sailors who were killed after colliding with another ship in Japan. Maritime rules suggest vessels are supposed to give way to ships on their starboard. Most congestion occurs in the early hours of the day, and fast currents make it a tricky area that requires experience and skill to navigate. No need to remember your password or log in, just click.At the time of the crash, the Crystal was weighted down by a 29,000-ton cargo load. At the time, officials told Fox News the warship had dragged its anchor after 30 knot winds blew the ship from its anchorage onto shoal water grounding the ship.Japan’s coastguard is conducting an investigation into the accident – including interviewing the container ship’s Filipino crew – although the United States has primary jurisdiction in probing accidents involving military personnel.The Japanese coast guard was on the scene and a USA official said U.S. tugboats and other Navy assets, including aircraft, were on the way.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.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a sympathy message to President Donald Trump.”We have found a number of the remains. of our missing shipmates, and our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those shipmates”, he said. “I express my heartfelt solidarity to America at this hard time”.Conditions were clear at the time of the collision, though Yutaka Saito of the coast guard said the area is particularly busy with sea traffic.