The Navy says in a statement that searchers had gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision. A total of seven sailors had been missing since Saturday’s crash off Japan‘s coast.
Victims’ remains are being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified.
It says the families are being notified and being provided the support they need during “this difficult time.” The names of the sailors will be released after all notifications are made.
Aircraft and vessels had been looking for the missing personnel since the two ships crashed in the pre-dawn hours Saturday.
The USS Fitzgerald is back at its home port in Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo, with extensive damage to its hull.
The Navy says the ship was damaged above and below the water line.
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In a tweet Sunday, the Navy says the search for the missing sailors is continuing.
Investigators now face trying to determine how a sophisticated U.S. warship collided with a container ship four times its size.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump thanked Japan for its help in the search.