Statement from Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley

Story Number: NNS170618-04Release Date: 6/18/2017 7:41:00 PM
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From Office of the Secretary of the Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our fellow shipmates as a result of Friday's collision between USS Fitzgerald and a commercial container ship, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

As details emerge, we can all be proud of the heroic effort by the crew to tend to the needs of those injured and save the ship from further damage while returning safely to port.

The Navy family comes together during tragic events such as this and I want to thank those who continue to provide around-the-clock assistance to the affected families during these difficult days.

I also want to express my most heartfelt appreciation to our Japanese allies for their swift support and assistance at this time of our need.

In due time, the United States Navy will fully investigate the cause of this tragedy and I ask all of you to keep the Fitzgerald families in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the task of answering the many questions before us.

The Department of the Navy seal modified with the traditional black ribbon signifying remembrance or mourning.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
June 18, 2017
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, answers questions about USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) during a press conference at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony R. Martinez/Released by U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs.)
June 18, 2017
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