JAPAN: US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan. Injuries and damage being reported. VIDEO: pic.twitter.com/OLTLsVQr8E— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) June 16, 2017
One injured sailor was being evacuated from the US ship by a Japanese Coast Guard helicopter, the US Navy reported.
A US official could not confirm any reports of missing US personnel, but Japanese public TV channel NHK reported seven US sailors missing, and one injured, according to the Japanese Coast Guard.
The Japanese Coast Guard identified the commercial ship as a Philippine container vessel, Sputnik news agency reported.
UPDATE: USS Fitzgerald involved in a collision with Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. Japanese Coast Guard are on scene.— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) June 16, 2017