Navy Sailors From San Diego Killed in USS Fitzgerald Collision

Sykes says her son told her that four men in his berth, including those sleeping on bunks above and below him died, while three died in the berth above his.

The Japan coast guard said it received an emergency call from a Philippine-registered container ship ACX Crystal around 2:20 a.m. (1720 GMT Friday) that it had collided with the Fitzgerald southwest of Yokusuka, Japan.

Sykes said she hopes her son can now come home to try and work through the traumatic event.

"We owe it to our families and the Navy to understand what happened", Aucoin said.

Harden is from Herrin, Illinois, and recently was redeployed. While a USA official tells ABC News that seven bodies were found, Aucoin declined to confirm the number of fatalities, except to say that there were "a number" of missing personnel. The collision also caused severe damage and flooding to berthing spaces, the radio room and an auxiliary (machinery) space.

The commander of the US Navy's 7th Fleet, Vice-Admiral Joseph Aucoin, said that: "We have found the bodies of a number of our missing shipmates, and our honest sympathies go out to the families of those crew members" However, Aucoin did not authenticate the exact number of bodies that had been found inside the vessel.

Citing local investigators, Japan's top-selling Yomiuri newspaper said Monday that the damage on both ships suggests they were travelling in the same direction when the crash occurred.

There will definitely be multiple investigations into the cause of the collision.

Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance, ' US President Donald Trump tweeted.

Seven crew members are missing and one injured after a US Navy destroyer collided early Saturday morning with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan, the country's coast guard reported.

But not everyone could be saved - seven men were unaccounted for after the diaster, and divers searched through the wreckage on Sunday to recover several bodies.

"We are struck by deep sorrow", expressing condolences and sympathy "straight from my heart" to the victims and the injured, Abe said in the statement.

Aucoin declined to say how numerous seven missing sailors had been recovered, but Japanese media said all had died.

U.S. military personnel work on board the damaged USS Fitzgerald at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo Sunday, June 18, 2017. The destroyer returned to Yokosuka on Saturday evening with the help of tug boats.

The cousin of a U.S. Navy sailor from OH says the 37-year-old man was three months shy of retiring when he was killed this weekend in a collision between a destroyer and a container ship off Japan. Bryce Benson, were evacuated from the damaged vessel and are being treated at the U.S. naval hospital at Yokosuka, the home of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet.

Those who did not survive might have killed by the impact of the crash or drowned by the flooding, said Navy spokesman Lt. Paul Newell, who led reporters for a first look at the mangled vessel. The remains of the sailors who died also were taken to the hospital for identification.

"I will be there for the family no matter what they need", he said, adding, "If they need anything from the town", he would like to ensure the town is able to meet that need.