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Missing sailors on damaged USN destroyer found dead

19 June 2017

The US Navy (USN) has confirmed that all seven missing sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were found dead in berthing compartments that were damaged and flooded when the warship collided with the 222 m-long Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal on 17 June.

The collision, which also led to three USN sailors being hospitalised, took place in the Philippine Sea at approximately 02:20 h local time some 56 n miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, according to USN's 7th Fleet.

Despite suffering extensive damage, the 154 m-long Aegis-equipped destroyer, which was on a patrol mission at the time of the incident, was able to return to its home port at Yokosuka under its own power aided by tug boats about 16 hours after the collision.

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