The 7th Fleet of the US Navy has reported that seven sailors are missing and one is injured after the USS Fitzgerald, guided missile destroyer from the US Navy collided with a merchant ship just off the coast of Japan.
The Incident happened in the wee hours of June 17th, 2017 and Japanese TV network NHK showed footage of the damage sustained by the USS Fitzgerald on its right side, and a person being airlifted on a stretcher. While the number of Injuries are still being determined, the U.S 7th fleet said it was working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medical evacuation.
The incident happened 56 nautical miles off the coast of Japan, southwest of Yokosuka city, which is home to one of the largest U.S Naval bases in the world. The Naval vessel was flooding in some areas and at the moment has limited propulsion.
The 7th Fleet has dispatched the USS Dewey - an Arleigh-Burke-class missile destroyer with medical assistance along with two Navy tugboats to bring the USS Fitzgerald back to Yokosuka and assess damages. The incident is under investigation.