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VIDEO: Navy Honors the 7 Sailors Who Died on USS Fitzgerald

Thousands of sailors and civilians gathered in Yokosuka, Japan for a memorial service to honor the seven sailors who died aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), according to U.S. 7th Fleet.

“More than 2,000 members of the Yokosuka community lined the streets waving flags and rendering salutes for the crew and their family members as they traveled the one-mile,” read a statement.

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott Swift spoke at the ceremony.

These are excerpts from the June 27, 2017 Yokosuka, Japan memorial service for seven sailors who died aboard USS Fitzgerald on June 17, 2017. Speaking are Adm. Scott Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet and Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander U.S. 7th Fleet.

In Washington, D.C., acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley issued instructions for the U.S. flag for
“the National Ensign of the United States shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on 27 June 2017. As the Fleet strives to work through these trying times, we come together to honor the heroic efforts of our brave Sailors and international partners and support those currently standing the watch,” read a statement from the service.

  • TexasStomp

    Dakota Kyle Rigsby
    Shingo Alexander Douglass
    Ngoc T Truong Huynh
    Noe Hernandez
    Xavier Alec Martin
    Gary Leo Rehm Jr.

    God Speed

  • AmPatriotSmith

    I feel so bad for them; and, yes, the sailors should be commended for saving the ship.

  • Murray

    The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is extending its deployment in Asian waters to support the Seventh Fleet after the fatal collision of involving the Fitzgerald. It is unclear how long this deployment will continue.

  • tim

    Fair winds and following seas!

  • incredulous1

    This reminds me of the USS Kincaid Incident in the Strait of Malacca then involving a Spruance destroyer. Very sad and unnecessary.

  • Phila Corsairs