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AP PHOTOS: 7 dead, heavy damage to US Navy ship in collision |

AP PHOTOS: 7 dead, heavy damage to US Navy ship in collision
AP PHOTOS: 7 dead, heavy damage to US Navy ship in collision Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:13:12 EDT

A nighttime collision with a container ship off the coast of Japan killed seven U.S. sailors on the USS Fitzgerald and heavily damaged the Navy destroyer.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, told reporters at the fleet's base in Yokosuka, Japan, that "our deepest sympathies are with the families of these sailors."

The cause of the early Saturday morning collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal is under investigation.

The Fitzgerald's captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, was airlifted off the ship with a head injury, as were two other crew members with minor injuries.

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