The other sailors killed were: Dakota Rigsby, 19, of Virginia, Shingo Douglass, 25, of California, Ngoc Huynh, 25, of Connecticut, Noe Hernandez, 26, of Texas, Carlosvictor Sibayan, 23, of California and Xavier Martin, 24, of Maryland.
Almost an hour passed before the crew of a container ship reported its collision with a United States destroyer, according to the Japanese coast guard, raising more questions about the sequence of events that ultimately led to the death of seven American sailors.
A track of the much-larger container ship's route by MarineTraffic, a vessel-tracking service, shows it made a sudden turn as if trying to avoid something at about 1:30 a.m., before continuing eastward. Both Aucoin and the Japanese coast guard, however, said it was too early to determine what led to the collision.
Commander of the 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin described a harrowing scene as sailors fought to keep the ship from sinking.
He thanked "our Japanese allies" for their swift assistance, and said the Navy will fully investigate the cause.
A coast guard official said Monday they are trying to find out what the crew of the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal was doing before reporting the collision off Japan's coast to authorities 50 minutes later. The Coast Guard later changed the collision time to 1:30 a.m. after interviewing crewmembers aboard the container ship. Richard Gourley of the U.S. Naval Forces Japan said. Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley said the Navy is determined to get to the bottom of things.
He also praised their colleagues for saving the USS Fitzgerald from further damage and bringing it back to port.
The Fitzgerald's captain, Cmdr. It is in talks with the US Navy for access to its crew members and data from the destroyer, a spokesman for the organisation said. One side of the destroyer suffered a big puncture and gash below the waterline, and three compartments were severely damaged, Aucoin said.
"The water flow was tremendous, and so there wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea".
A 7th Fleet statement said the collision caused "significant damage and associated flooding to two berthing spaces, a machinery space, and the radio room".
Thirty-seven-year-old Gary Rhem Jr of Elyria died Saturday inside the Navy destroyer that was struck by a cargo tanker in the sea off Japan.
Although weather conditions were clear at the time of the collision, the fast currents and high-traffic area could make it tricky to navigate. In this Saturday, June 17, 2017, photo, the container ship ACX Crystal with its left bow dented and scraped after colliding with the USS Fitzgerald in the waters off the Izu Peninsula earlier in the day, is berthed a.
Some ship trackers showed the container ship making a U-turn before the collision, a move that has raised questions about what happened.
She said she hopes her son, from Herrin, Illinois, can come home to be with family as he works through what happened.