June 18, 2017 (WASHINTON) The Department of the Navy has identified the 7 sailors who died after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine Containiner ship. The two sailors from the San Diego region are Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California.
The others are
- Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia
- Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut
- Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
- Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
- Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio
According to 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the collision with the ACX Crystal happened about 02:00 hours local time, which translates to 17:20 Greenwich Mean Time.
Vice Adm. Aucoin said to the press:
The ship suffered severe damage rapidly flooding three large compartments that included one machinery room and two berthing areas for 116 crew. The commanding officer’s cabin was also directly hit, trapping the CO inside.
The crew’s response was swift and effective, and I want to point out – as we stand by the ship – how proud I am of them.
Heroic efforts prevented the flooding from catastrophically spreading which could have caused the ship to founder or sink. It could have been much worse.
The Admiral also pointed out that an investigation is underway, and that the JapanCoastOast Guard will take lead during the investigation. The collision happened in an extremely busy waterway, where extra precautions are taken. He also thanked the Japanese Coast Guard for the swift response and aid in evacuating casualties. Among them, Commander Bryce Benson.
If you want to help the crew with the basics, you can send things like shaving kits and personal hygiene here:
UNIT 100173 BOX 1
FPO AP 96665
You can also add a book or magazine. It will help boost morale, and tell the crew, many young and single sailors, that you care.