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Senior Officer on Damaged Ship to be Relieved of Command

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    Hundreds lined the streets of San Diego Friday to honor fallen sailor Shingo Douglass, killed when USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan. NBC 7's Astrid Solorzano reports. (Published Saturday, July 1, 2017)

    The Navy says the commanding officer of a warship that lost seven sailors in a collision off the coast of Japan will be relieved of command, and nearly a dozen other sailors face punishment.

    Adm. William Moran, the No. 2 Navy officer, told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the actions are to be taken shortly, although the Navy's investigation into how and why the USS Fitzgerald collided with the container ship in June has not yet been completed.

    Moran says the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, based in Japan, is removing the top three sailors — the commanding officer, the executive officer and the command master chief — from duty aboard the Fitzgerald.

    Moran says they and others will face non-judicial punishments yet to be determined.

    Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Japan

    [NATL] Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Japan

    The USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel from the Philippines off the coast of Japan, causing major damage and flooding.

    (Published Friday, June 16, 2017)