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CT sailor among 7 killed in collision

28 June 2017

The crash tore open the ship and sent ocean water into the rooms where sailors were sleeping, USA officials said over the weekend.

"That (1:30 a.m. crash time) is not our understanding", Flanders told The Associated Press.

Citing local investigators, Japan's top-selling Yomiuri newspaper said Monday that the damage on both ships suggests they were traveling in the same direction when the crash occurred.

No charges have been made in connection with the accident so far, though Coast Guard officials are investigating the collision as a possible case of professional negligence.

The US Coast Guard on June 20 started interviewing the crew of the "ACX Crystal", the ship that crashed against the USS "Fitzgerald", the crew will also be interviewed on behalf of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

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Adm. John Richardson's visit to the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, where the Fitzgerald is undergoing repairs, won't feature many photo-ops.

"They did what they were trained to do", said Sykes, who said she hopes her son, from Herrin, Illinois, can come home to be with family as he works through what happened.

Twenty-five-year-old Ngoc T Truong Huynh was one of seven sailors killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald on Saturday.

Senior officers had to resort to using satellite phones on the ship, which were the only communications channel available to the ship for some time.

The Navy revealed details on how the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel near Japan. Initially listed as missing, seven sailors lost their lives and were found onboard the ship by divers. The U.S. Navy continues to say the collision happened at 2:20 a.m.

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Richardson would also meet Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force and coastguard officials to express his appreciation for their help in the search, Kyodo News reported. He said the remains have been transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka.

The path of the Fitzgerald before the collision is not clear because military ships do not transmit location data like commercial vessels. Bryce Benson, who was trapped in his cabin after it took a direct hit.

The collision caused significant damage under the Fitzgerald's pilothouse and a large puncture below the ship's waterline, "opening the hull to the sea", Aucoin said. "You will see the USS Fitzgerald back ..." And Reuters, citing Japanese media, reports that all of the missing sailors had died.

The container ship's bow and the destroyer's starboard side were damaged. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, at a news conference. The Fitzgerald suffered extensive damage and three large compartments, a machinery room and two berthing areas for the vessel's 116-person crew, flooded rapidly. And as you can see now the ship is still listing, so they had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface. "However, the timeline of events will be part of the investigation", a spokesman for 7th Fleet said in an email.

Container ships like the Crystal have bulbous bows under the waterline and that portion of the cargo vessel plowed into the U.S. warship. He said considering the damage that was done to the ship, many more people could have died.

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CT sailor among 7 killed in collision