Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about the collision between the ACX Crystal and the USS Fitzgerald:

"This tragic event is a reminder of the way our country's finest are putting themselves at risk all over the world every day in defense of the United States. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the lost sailors. We are grateful for the work of the men and women responding to this accident and the invaluable aid provided by our Japanese allies. We will closely monitor the details of this incident and ensure that we can better understand how such accidents can be prevented in the future."