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Prosecutors dropped charges Friday against two foreign crewmen who were accused of failing to prevent the fatal collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the Philippine containership ACX Crystal last June.

The crewmen, one from the Aegis-equipped U.S. Navy destroyer and another from the Philippine-flagged freighter, were in charge of keeping watch at the time of the accident, which took place off Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on June 17.

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