JAPAN — The USS Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who was injured in the ship’s deadly collision with a commercial vessel, took command of the guided-missile destroyer last month. He was released from the hospital Sunday, June 18th, officials with the 7th Fleet said on Twitter.
“I look forward to being with my Fitzgerald family in support of future missions and exercises,” Benson said in a Navy statement at the time he took control of the ship. “This is the best ship and the best crew on the waterfront, hands down! I am proud to work alongside the Navy’s best and brightest men and women who protect and support the Pacific region and our allies.”
The 10,000-ton destroyer and the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship flagged in the Philippines, collided early Saturday local time off Japan’s Izu Peninsula, officials said. Benson was flown off the crippled ship by helicopter after the accident and was being treated at the naval hospital at the US naval base at Yosuka, Japan, said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, 7th Fleet commander, as were two other sailors who were medevaced.
Seven sailors who had been missing were found dead in flooded living compartments Sunday morning, Japan time, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said.
Benson reported as the ship’s executive officer November 2015, the Navy said.
He is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Benson graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1999 and earned his commission through the Naval ROTC program, the Navy said. Benson also earned a master’s degree in organizational management from George Washington University.
According to Benson’s LinkedIn profile his bachelor’s degree is in history, and he participated in the Les Aspin Center for Student Government at Marquette.
At George Washington, he participated in the Navy Washington DC Internship Program, the profile states.
Later, at the National Defense University: Joint Forces Staff College, he studied…