USS Fitzgerald: Navy Stops Search for 7 Missing Sailors After Bodies Found

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YOKOSUKA, Japan — The search for seven U.S. Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a merchant ship in waters off Japan was called off Sunday after several bodies were found in the ship’s flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, addressed reporters at a Navy base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, but wouldn’t say how many bodies were recovered, pending notification of next of kin.

The USS Fitzgerald sustained significant damage in the collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal around 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Aucoin paid tribute to the crew’s efforts to save their ship, saying they prevented it from sinking.

The U.S.S. Fitzgerald returned to Yokosuka Naval Base with the help of tugboats after its collision with the container ship ACX Crystal off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan.Credit 

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