TOKYO — 7 U.S. Navy sailors are missing today after the destroyer that they were on was involved in a collision with a container ship off the coast of Japan.
The sailors were aboard the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis Guided Missle Destroyer, which was on patrol approximately 12 miles off the Izu Peninsula and around 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka. The search that is happening currently consists of the USS Dewy, two naval tugboats, and two Japanese coast guard cutters with helicopters.
The Fitzgerald was returned to Yokosuka Naval Base, while three crew members were transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Yokosuka, which is the home of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet.
The injured crew include the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who was reported to be in stable condition. The other two are still being evaluated, and their names have not been released yet.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation. The Seventh Fleet has set up an information center for families of sailors serving on the ship.
We will continue to post updates as they become available.