Seven US sailors are missing after the a US Navy destroyer collided with a 2,900 teu box ship around 56 nm off Yokosuka, Japan.
The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage when the 2008-built container ship ACX Crystal plowed into it early on Friday morning.
The US Navy vessel is still operating under her own power, and continues to search for the missing sailors alongside the Japanese Coast Guard.
“Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors,” said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “We thank our Japanese partners for their assistance.”
ACX Crystal is owned by Japan’s Dainichi-Invest Corporation and chartered to compatriot NYK Line. It had a crew of 20 onboard, with no injuries were reported.