June 19, 2017 9:30 am JST  (Updated June 19, 2017 12:18 pm JST)

Navy confirms deaths of all 7 missing crew on damaged US destroyer

The damaged USS Fitzgerald is seen near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, after the U.S. destroyer collided with the Philippine-registered container ship ACX Crystal in the waters off the Izu Peninsula on June 17. © AP

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) --The U.S. Navy said Monday it has confirmed dead all seven crew members of its destroyer Fitzgerald who were listed as missing following a collision with a Filipino container ship south of Tokyo Bay at the weekend.

The Navy announced the previous day the end of its search for the missing crew after finding a number of bodies aboard the 8,315-ton Aegis missile defense system-equipped vessel following the accident on Saturday.

The U.S. destroyer, equipped with the state-of-the-art Aegis missile defense system, sustained significant damage to its starboard side near the bridge in the collision.

Following the incident, the top uniformed officer in the U.S. Navy will visit the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo on Tuesday.

Adm. John Richardson will meet crew members during his visit and plans to express his appreciation to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard for assisting search efforts.

The damaged U.S. ship was able to return to the naval base in Yokosuka.

Meanwhile, the Philippine-flagged container ship, which collided with the Fitzgerald, was to move to Yokohama port from a port in Tokyo for cargo-related work on Monday.

The coast guard plans to continue questioning the ship's crew members.

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