The USS Fitzgerald drew worldwide attention following a collision with a large cargo ship off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was seriously damaged, several sailors were injured and seven were killed in the incident. Among those injured was the Commanding Officer Bryce Benson and in a statement from the United States Navy, it was announced that he will be relieved while he recovers.
Commander Benson was released from the hospital on June 9th but it still recovering from injuries sustained during the crash. The decision was made based on the requirements of his health and not from his performance during the collision.
“This is a temporary relief due to medical reasons. We’re focused on supporting Commander Benson getting him the resources he needs during the recovery process.”
– Clay Doss (7th Fleet Spokesman)
Commander John Fay will assume control of the USS Fitzgerald while it undergoes repairs and until Commander Benson is fit to resume leadership of the vessel. The USS Fitzgerald has entered dry dock to undergo repairs, you can see the extent of the damage in this video provided by the United States Navy.