WASHINGTON, D.C. –His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement today on the tragic ship collision involving the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) off the coast of Japan:
“Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life on the USS Fitzgerald, I ask all of the faithful to remember in prayer the victims and their families. My heart also goes out to all of the members of the crew who not only lost their esteemed shipmates, but also all of the personal belongings they had on board with them. The Naval community at Yokosuka has responded with great care in attempting to meet the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of those who survived the collision. May Almighty God give them continued fortitude in the days ahead.
“I express my heartfelt sympathy to the families whose loved ones perished in this unfortunate incident.”