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The damaged USS Fitzgerald is seen near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, after the U.S. destroyer collided with the Philippine-registered container ship ACX Crystal in the waters off the Izu Peninsula Saturday, June 17, 2017. The USS Fitzgerald was back at its home port in Japan after colliding before dawn Saturday with the container ship four times its size, while the coast guard and Japanese and U.S. military searched for seven sailors missing after the crash. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The USS Fitzgerald has stabilized after a collision but the search for 7 missing continues



The USS Fitzgerald carrying the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet has stabilized on Saturday following a late-night collision with a Philippine merchant vessel about 56 nautical miles from Yokosuka, Japan, according to the Associated Press. Sailors from the USS Dewey, as well as the Japanese Coast Guard, provided assistance in the aftermath.

Three crew members were injured and airlifted to shore, including the caption, who was reported to be in stable condition. However, seven other sailors remain missing. 

The USS Fitzgerald has stabilized after a collision but the search for 7 missing continues

WATCH | An aerial view explores the extent of the ship's damage.

It remains unclear what caused the collision with a container ship nearly four times the destroyer's size. After the crash, the USS Fitzgerald relied on its own limited propulsion after suffering significant damage on the right side below the water line. 

A U.S. defense official confirmed flooding in three compartments.

President Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to response to the incident.

The Navy established a phone line for family members to call in to obtain information about their loved ones who may have been on the destroyer. 

One particular woman in Alabama was relieved when her 23-year-old grandson, Jackson Schrimsher, contacted her from the USS Fitzgerald saying he was safe. Rita Schrimsher of Athens, Alabama, tweeted: "Just heard the sweetest voice and saw a wonderful face. He's okay. Thank you all for the prayers."

She added, "It could have been worse so we're grateful."

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