Navy inquiry promised into fatal US ship collision
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.