A maritime incident took place off the coast of the Sea of Japan, as USS Fitzgerald crashed into a container ship; seven sailors are missing, three more are injured, including Commander Bryce Benson, the Navy vessel’s commanding officer. Reuters wrote this with reference to the U.S. Navy command.
The officer is in stable condition; currently, he’s at a Navy hospital on Yokosuka Island, Japan.
‘U.S. Navy destroyer collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan. The Japanese Coast Guard said the destroyer was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant vessel was able to sail under its own power. The U.S. Navy said in a statement the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka,’ the news agency said.
Apart from the three injured, another seven sailors went missing, the U.S. Navy reported.