Aircraft and vessels are searching for seven missing American sailors in the sea of Japan after a pre-dawn collision between a Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship. Investigators now face trying to determine how a sophisticated U.S. warship collided with a container ship four times its size. The USS Fitzgerald was back at its homeport in Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo on Saturday with extensive damage to its hull. Most of the more than 200 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths during the pre-dawn crash. The Navy says the ship was damaged above and below the water line. President Donald Trump has thanked Japan for its help in the search for seven Navy sailors who are missing after their U.S. destroyer collided with a container ship. Trump tweeted Saturday morning Washington time: “Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance.”
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