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UPDATE AGAIN: SAILORS IDENTIFIED; DONATION LINKS, VIDEO USS Fitzgerald returning to base.

Posted by on Jun. 16, 2017 at 6:29 PM
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REMOVED ORIG ARTICLE ABOUT THE COLLISION FOR UPDATES.

Sailors identified

The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died in a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship off Japan on Saturday.

They are:

— Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia

— Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California

— Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut

— Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas

— Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California

— Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland

— Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio

FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS and an EXPERIENCE BY A SAILOR ON BOARD. 

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/hawaii/articles/2017-06-18/the-latest-japans-leader-sends-sympathy-message-to-trump



This is being shared in our Navy Mom Community, we only know that it's from someone on base. 

"It's a somber day here in Yokosuka. Our base is mourning the loss of 7 sailors, and the grief is palpable. It is nothing short of devastating to drive by the pier and see such a damaged, mangled ship, knowing that it housed so many brave men and women who acted quickly and heroically in the face of danger.

We are all upset and beside ourselves, feelings not made any easier by the gray, rainy weather hanging over us today. It's hard not to react to this situation with tears- this could have been any of us, and it hurts more than words can say to see our friends hurt and our sailors deceased. 

But we are also a community. Donations have poured in so quickly and in such volume that their acceptance has been paused. So many meals have been cooked and distributed, toiletries purchased and dropped off, uniforms and clothes donated to the sailors who lost everything to the flooded berthings that after a mere 24 hours, all immediate physical needs have been met. It has been incredible to watch my fellow spouses work quickly and expeditiously in the face of a crisis.

Many of you have asked how you can help. Organizations such as the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, USO, and Red Cross have been working round the clock to provide care and goods to the USS Fitzgerald sailors and families. If you feel so compelled, a donation to any one of these organizations can go toward helping either our current situation or future crises that require immediate attention:

http://www.nmcrs.org
https://www.uso.org
http://www.redcross.org/hp/0617-1 "


From the base NEX:
Thanks to your generosity, we have NWUs, boots, undershirts, socks, underwear, PT gear and civilian clothes fully stocked for our #USSFITZGERALD Sailors. Sailors, please come see us today til 1500, tomorrow 0900-1200, Tuesday 0930-1300. We'll post additional times if possible. ***UPDATE*** - due to the overwhelming response from the community, we will be distributed donated goods on Monday. We are taking a pause on the donations until further notice. Thank you for everything you've given Yokosuka!

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LancesMom
by Gold Member on Jun. 16, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Latest 1 hurt 7 missing

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Navy ship collision (all times local):

8 a.m.

The Japan Coast Guard has confirmed that seven crew members of a U.S. Navy destroyer are missing after a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Japan.

Japan Coast Guard official Takeshi Aikawa said the USS Fitzgerald reports that seven are unaccounted for and one is injured.

The injured sailor had a head injury, but details of his or her condition were unknown.

Footage from Japanese broadcaster NHK showed a person in a stretcher being lifted from the deck to a Japan Coast Guard helicopter.

Aikawa said the U.S. ship is partially flooded because of damage and not capable of moving by itself.

He added that so far no damage or injuries to the container ship or its crew members have been reported.

The coast guard dispatched five patrol ships and an aircraft carrying medics to the site for search and rescue operations.

Healthystart30
by Gold Member on Jun. 16, 2017 at 10:38 PM
This is so sad, when I saw that some were missing it made me sick to my stomach. I cant stop thinking about the people on board and those poor families waiting to hear from their loved ones. :(
SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Jun. 16, 2017 at 11:05 PM
I sure hope they find the missing safe; or if not, at least bring them back to their families.
mommytoeandb
by Member on Jun. 16, 2017 at 11:08 PM
So sad. 😢
LancesMom
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2017 at 9:59 PM

USS Fitzgerald Collision Update (10:33am JST June 18, 2017)

By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs | June 17, 2017

YOKOSUKA, Japan -- A number of Sailors that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found. As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing Sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments. They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made. 
LancesMom
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2017 at 9:59 PM

So sad! 


fnpdocgrrl
by Boudica on Jun. 17, 2017 at 10:04 PM

My stepson is on a Navy Ship right now...somewhere out near the middle east last we knew.  But, it's a Navy Cruiser, not a Fighter.  Still freaked out a little when I saw this news


LancesMom
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2017 at 10:11 PM
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I did too. My son was on a carrier but is now stationed in Greece. He wants to get on another ship. But not a destroyer. 

Quoting fnpdocgrrl:

My stepson is on a Navy Ship right now...somewhere out near the middle east last we knew.  But, it's a Navy Cruiser, not a Fighter.  Still freaked out a little when I saw this news


ILive4This
by Robin on Jun. 18, 2017 at 1:09 AM
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ILive4This
by Robin on Jun. 18, 2017 at 1:13 AM

tragic :-(

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