06/18/2017 Navy Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin says he is initiating a Judge Advocate General Manual investigation into the collision.
The bodies of the missing sailors were found inside the ship.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the sailors.
Seven sailors are still missing after USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine flagged vessel collided near Yokosuka, Japan.
U.S. 7th Fleet released this statement:
As of this time, there have been two patients requiring medical evacuation. One was Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, who was transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka and is reportedly in stable condition. A second MEDEVAC is in progress. Other injured are being assessed. There are seven Sailors unaccounted for; the ship and the Japanese Coast Guard continues to search for them.
Pray for the safe recovery of the missing sailors and comfort for the families as they await news from the Navy.