YOKOSUKA, Japan — A U.S. Navy destroyer came close to sinking after a “traumatic” collision off the coast of Japan, the commander of the Seventh Fleet said Sunday, after the bodies of the missing sailors were found in the berthing compartments of the stricken vessel.
Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin declined to say how many of the seven missing sailors had been recovered, because the families of those who died were still being informed on Sunday.
But Aucoin said that the search and rescue mission was over, and The Navy Times reported that the bodies of all seven missing sailors had been found in the ship’s flooded berthing compartments.
Multiple investigations are now underway to determine how a technologically advanced American warship was not able to get out of the way of the huge and cumbersome container ship, even if it had right of way.
“This was a severe emergency,” Aucoin said at the Yokosuka naval base, home of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, Sunday afternoon. The damaged Aegis guided-missile destroyer was docked behind him, pumps continuing to bring water up out of the hull. “The damage was significant. This was not a small collision.”
Most of the damage occurred under the waterline in the
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