Seven Navy sailors lost their lives when a container ship slammed into the side of U.S. destroyer, the Navy revealed.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with the ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container vessel more than three times the size of the U.S. vessel, before dawn Saturday. The destroyer suffered significant damage.
In the wake of the accident, which is still under investigation, a search and rescue operation was launched to find seven missing sailors. As rescue workers gained access to flooded compartments, they discovered the bodies of the missing servicemen.
The sailors killed in the collision, according to a 7th Fleet press release, are:
- Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia
- Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California
- Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut
- Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
- Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California
- Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
- Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio
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