You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Rear admiral to investigate fatal Navy collision off Japan

Associated Press logo Associated Press 23/06/2017
FILE - In this Sunday, June 18, 2017, file photo, journalists observe the damaged USS Fitzgerald at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, one day after its collided with the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal in the waters off Japan. Japanese authorities said Thursday, June 22, they have obtained a data recording device from the container ship to help determine why it collided with the U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors. Japanese transport safety officials said they obtained the voyage data recorder, similar to an airplane's "black box," from the ACX Crystal, which is currently docked in Yokohama near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sunday, June 18, 2017, file photo, journalists observe the damaged USS Fitzgerald at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, one day after its collided with the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal in the waters off Japan. Japanese authorities said Thursday, June 22, they have obtained a data recording device from the container ship to help determine why it collided with the U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors. Japanese transport safety officials said they obtained the voyage data recorder, similar to an airplane's "black box," from the ACX Crystal, which is currently docked in Yokohama near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

TOKYO — A rear admiral has been named to head the U.S. Navy's investigation into a collision off Japan that took the lives of seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald.

The Japan-based 7th Fleet said Friday that Brian Fort would lead the probe into the crash with a Philippine-flagged container ship in the pre-dawn hours of June 17.

A large gash in the side of the destroyer flooded berths for 116 sailors. Navy divers found the bodies of seven in the listing ship after it returned to a U.S. base in Yokosuka, Japan.

Fort is a former commander of a squadron of six destroyers. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the Naval War College.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon