YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Thousands of people lined the streets of Yokosuka Tuesday to pay their respects to the seven USS Fitzgerald sailors who died after the destroyer collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan on June 17.
Servicemembers, civilians and local Japanese workers saluted and waved American flags as a procession of USS Fitzgerald sailors, friends and family members traveled in a fleet of buses from the base chapel to the Fleet Theater, where a memorial service was held for the seven who died.
More than 2,000 people lined the mile-long route, a Navy statement said. The 650-seat theater was filled to capacity for the event, which was closed to the media.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley ordered the national ensign of the United States to be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset Tuesday to mourn the …