Navy in­quiry promised into fa­tal US ship col­li­sion

The Scotsman - - World News - By MARI YA­M­AGUCHI

The US navy has promised a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a col­li­sion be­tween a de­stroyer and a con­tainer ship off Ja­pan that killed seven sailors.

The navy’s act­ing sec­re­tary Sean Stack­ley said “we are all deeply sad­dened by the tragic loss of our fel­low ship­mates”.

He also praised their col­leagues for sav­ing the USS Fitzger­ald from fur­ther dam­age and bring­ing it back to port.

Mr Stack­ley promised to “fully in­ves­ti­gate” the cause of the col­li­sion at about 2.20am on Satur­day be­tween the Fitzger­ald and a Philip­pine-flagged con­tainer ship four times its size, as many of the crew slept.

Navy divers re­cov­ered the bod­ies af­ter the se­verely-dam­aged Fitzger­ald re­turned to the the 7th Fleet’s home in Yoko­suka, Ja­pan, with as­sis­tance from tug boats.

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