Watertown sailor killed in U.S.S. Fitzgerald crash

(WTNH) — A sailor from Watertown was among the seven killed when a cargo ship slammed into the U.S.S. Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan early Saturday morning, the U.S. Navy says.

Naval officials say Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from the Oakville section of Watertown, was killed in the collision. Governor Dannel Malloy has directed all flags to fly at half-staff in his honor until burial or memorial services are held.

Senator Richard Blumenthal released the following statement on the sailor’s death.

“I am heartbroken by reports that a Connecticut sailor was killed among others who perished on the U.S.S. Fitzgerald. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. The Navy owes the family and the nation a prompt investigation.”

Senator Chris Murphy released a statement as well.

“My heart goes out to the Huynh family for their loss. Ngoc died serving our country, a debt we cannot repay. We are all grateful for his service and sacrifice. The crash of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald is an absolute tragedy, and I intend to get to the bottom of what happened so that the families of those we lost have the answers they deserve.”

The Navy has identified the six other sailors killed as:

  • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia
  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California
  • Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio

The seven sailors were identified Sunday night. Their bodies were found in the flooded wreckage of the Navy destroyer. It’s not clear if the impact killed them or if they drowned.