Seven US Sailors Missing After Collision

Reuters news agency reports today that rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a US destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan. US 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin said the search was continuing in a statement released nearly 24 hours after the USS Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, collided with the much larger Philippine-flagged merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka.

Note: The Reuters report identified the US destroyer as an Aegis guided missile destroyer. The Aegis Combat System, which the destroyer employs, uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.

US and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels continued the search after the Fitzgerald sailed into the port of Yokosuka south of Tokyo. Three aboard the destroyer were treated at the US Naval Hospital, including ship Commander Bryce Benson. It was not clear what caused the collision, which the US Navy said occurred at about 2:30 a.m. local time.

Reuters report found here.

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