It is not clear why the U.S. Navy has not amended its timeline.
(Hitoshi Takano/Kyodo News via AP).
The smaller guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage to its starboard side.
He said any differences would have to be clarified in the investigation. The 24-year-old sailor is one of 7 who perished during the tragic collision between the USS Fitzgerald and cargo ship ACX Crystal off the Coast of Japan on Saturday. No one knows what caused the crash and there are multiple investigations underway.
However, some security experts used publicly-available ship tracking data to place the collision more around 1:30 a.m.
The damage to the destroyer suggests that the container ship, the ACX Crystal, might have slammed into it at a high speed, raising questions about communication between the two vessels in an area where as many as 400 ships pass through every day, according to Japan's coast guard.
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All of the ACX Crystal's 20-member Filipino crew were safe, said Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen K.K., which operates the Philippine-flagged ship.
"Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the sailors", said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. This prompted the Japanese Coast Guard to initially state that the collision had occurred at 2:20am on Saturday. Ron Flanders said, "That is not our understanding".
"An investigation will no doubt be conducted in weeks and months ahead..." he said. However, the charterer of the Crystal, NYK Line, reported Monday that the time of the accident was 0130. It almost t-boned the Navy destroyer around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, when much of the crew was asleep and the bridge manned by less than a dozen people.
Four sailors and the ship's commanding officer were medically evacuated by a Japanese Coast Guard helicopter, Cmdr.
Three men in the berth above his died as well, Sykes said her son told her.
No charges have been made in connection with the accident so far, though Coast Guard officials are investigating the collision as a possible case of professional negligence.
On Monday morning in Japan, the Navy's 7th Fleet identified the seven sailors who died.
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"The President and the entire administration extends our thoughts and prayers to the sailors - the seven Navy sailors who lost their lives this past weekend", Spicer said during an off-camera press briefing. The incident was a "sobering reminder of the dangers" faced by the men and women of the US military every day, Spicer said.
USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is towed into port following a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.
"We [are] going to cooperate with all the stakeholders in this, especially with the Japanese".
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