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    Early investigation results suggest the US Navy crew aboard the Fitzgerald destroyer were responsible for the fatal June 18 collision off the coast of Japan, CNN reported citing US defense officials.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Navy’s initial investigation showed the Fitzgerald’s crew failed to take any action to avoid colliding with the Philippine merchant vessel ACX Crystal

    "They did nothing until the last second," CNN quoted one unnamed official as saying.

    Furthermore, the officials said the crew failed to understand and acknowledge the cargo ship was approaching.

    Seven US Navy sailors were killed and five others were injured when the Fitzgerald and Crystal collided in the waters southwest of the Japanese city of Yokosuka.

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