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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Watertown Mourns Loss Of Navy Sailor

June 19, 2017
In The News

The community of Watertown, Connecticut is mourning the loss of Tan Huynh, who was among seven U.S. Navy sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday. 

Huynh was a 25-year-old sonar technician. He and seven other sailors were found in flooded berthing compartments on board the USS Fitzgerald two days after it collided with a ship from the Philippines.

Huynh was once a student at Watertown High School, where the American flag is now flying at half-staff. Principal Paul Jones says teachers there remember Huynh as a respectful and caring student.

"Watertown's a very tight-knit community," Jones said, "and it's always a shock when you hear that anyone who has been a part of our community loses their life in the service."

Connecticut lawmakers shared condolences on social media:

 Elizabeth Esty ✔ @RepEsty
I'm terribly sad to learn that Sonar Technician Huynh, from Watertown, was among those lost on the USS Fitzgerald. …

 Elizabeth Esty ✔ @RepEsty
This young sailor's death is a reminder of the risks our brave military men and women face each and every day.

 Rep. Joe Courtney ✔ @RepJoeCourtney
1/2 My deepest condolences to the family of @USNavy sonar technician Ngoc Huynh of #Watertown for their terrible loss on Friday.
 Rep. Joe Courtney ✔ @RepJoeCourtney
@USNavy 2/2 The highly-skilled duties Huynh performed while aboard #USSFitzgerald kept our nation safe and it should never be forgotten.

Jones says about five percent of Watertown High School students go into the military after graduation each year. The incident remains under investigation.