Halethorpe sailor among those killed in collision

The U.S. Coast Guard will perform another so-called "marine casualty investigation" into the conduct of the Crystal and her crew.

(Hitoshi Takano/Kyodo News via AP).

Investigators were looking at how the USS Fitzgerald came to be holed in the smash in a busy shipping lane near its home port.

Martin was one of seven sailors who died when the Navy ship collided with a Filipino vessel called the ACX Crystal - a cargo ship almost four times bigger than the Navy ship - near its home port in Yokosuka, Japan, on Saturday.

The family said the Navy told them the cargo ship did not have its lights on at the time, and struck the ship at a high rate of speed.

Early Saturday morning a Philippine-flagged merchant ship collided into the side of a US warship off the coast of Japan.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the Japanese coastguard, Takeshi Aikawa, said that the collision happened at 1:30 a.m.

"The collision affected Fitzgerald's forward starboard side above and below the water line, causing significant damage and associated flooding to two berthing spaces, a machinery space, and the radio room", according to a statement from usa 7th Fleet.

The Japanese coast guard questioned crew members of the ACX Crystal, and officials may treat it as a case of professional negligence.

He said officials are planning to get hold of a device with communication records to examine further details of the crash.

His family described Shingo as a beloved son, brother, grandson and friend, who loved the Navy and was very proud to be part of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald crew. A medevac was performed on Benson by the Japanese Coast Guard, Aucoin said. He said any differences would have to be clarified in the investigation.

"That's considered a lot of accidents", he said, adding that many ships pass through the channel in the middle of the night to be on time for morning cargo pick-ups.

"That (1:30 a.m. crash time) is not our understanding", Flanders told The Associated Press.

Despite the pain, Galarza said he's able to find some comfort.

But the young sailor's promising career was cut short when he was among seven who were killed when the Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday.

After a Navy destroyer crashed into a container ship off the coast of Japan over the weekend, seven members of the United States Navy were found dead. "Their deaths while on patrol in the Western Pacific are a sobering reminder of the dangers that the men and women of our military face every day", he said.

Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley said in a statement that he and the Navy were saddened by the loss.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen next to a tugboat (R) off Shimoda, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo June 17, 2017.

This updated photo released by the U.S. Navy, Monday, June 19, 2017, shows Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California.

Lan Huynh told WVIT-TV on Sunday the family is coping as best they can.

The sleeping quarters for 116 sailors was flooded.

WJZ's Amy Yensi spoke to his father just hours after the names of the victims were released, and he expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and says he misses his son dearly.