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Seven US sailors missing after Navy destroyer collision off Japan

Seven US sailors missing after Navy destroyer collision off Japan

Seven US sailors missing after Navy destroyer collision off Japan
17 June 2017 - 10:00 - Update: 19 June 2017 - 00:18


Washington (CNN)Seven US sailors are missing and the commanding officer of a US destroyer is among the injured after the warship collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan, the US Navy said Friday. The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered damage to its starboard side above and below the waterline in the incident. Cmdr. Bryce Benson, commander of the Fitzgerald, was one of three injured sailors who needed to be flown to a naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. The two ships collided about 2:30 a.m. local time in the Pacific Ocean about 56 nautical miles from the port of Yokosuka and 12 miles off the Izu Peninsula, the Japanese coast guard said. The Fitzgerald had left the US naval base in Yokosuka earlier Friday for routine operations in the area, a US Naval Forces Japan spokesman said. The damage to the Fitzgerald resulted in some flooding. 

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