US Navy names sailors killed off Japan
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 5:01
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said President Trump and the entire administration were extending their thoughts and prayers to the sailors. "Because these courageous individuals are willing to risk their lives in service to their country, Americans enjoy security and freedom".
"Whoever was on the bridge was likely inexperienced and did not recognize the danger that was going on", Lyons said.
It reached the family of a 19-year-old firefighter who had enlisted in the Navy the year before, and the wife of a 19-year veteran who had been planning his retirement, and fell upon households from CT to the southern end of Texas - people with little more in common than a sudden, vast loss on the other side of the world. "Their deaths while on patrol in the Western Pacific are a sobering reminder of the dangers that the men and women of our military face every day", he said.
Japanese officials are also analyzing why the 222-meter (730-foot) ACX Crystal made a 180 degree turn at about 2 a.m. and made another turn after it reported the accident at about 2:20 a.m., as shown in data from the Marine Traffic website.
At the Martin home in Halethorpe, fellow members of the Navy stopped by to pay their final respects to the grieving father, who says he hasn't been able to sleep or eat since first hearing about the crash.
The Japanese Coast Guard's investigation will try to determine what the crew of the Crystal was doing before the collision was reported, which could provide clues as to what happened.
Tanaka said officials are planning to get ahold of a device with communications records to examine the details of the crash.
While photos showed serious damage above the waterline, the container ship also did severe damage below it.
Japanese coastguard investigators have been interviewing the Filipino crew of the cargo ship ACX Crystal, and hope to directly hear accounts of sailors aboard the much-smaller USA destroyer.
The incident has sparked as many as three investigations by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, and two by Japanese authorities. Ron Flanders said, "That is not our understanding".
A spokeswoman for the container ship's operator NYK Line, Nanami Meguro, agreed with the revised timing of the accident.
The Japan Transport Safety Board and Japanese Coast Guard launched an investigator into the incident on Monday, according to the Japan Times.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Japanese coast guard and U.S. Navy.
"We are scheduled to interview the crew members", said US Lieutenant Scott Carr told Reuters, referring the crew of the merchant ship.
Huynh's family moved to CT when he was in eighth grade, his sister Lan Huynh told WVIT.
His family described him as "adventurous" and said his hobbies included scuba diving and tennis. Top row (L-R) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, CA; Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, VA; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, CT; and Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, CA.
"There is nearly no mistake the container was behind the destroyer, though it is still premature to decide which ship bumped into the other", said Tetsuo Kotani, a maritime security expert at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.