Home : Media : News : News Article View

USS Fitzgerald departs Yokosuka for Mississippi

| U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs | Dec. 11, 2017

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed anchorage in Yokosuka Harbor Dec. 9, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf bound for Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard for repairs and upgrades. Fitzgerald, which returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka June 17, completed a series of preparations for on load to MV Transshelf, including dewatering, defueling, layup maintenance, hull and superstructure repairs.

Departure from Yokosuka was delayed a few days due to damage that occurred during the onload process, which involved lowering MV Transshelf in the water, towing Fitzgerald onto a platform, and securing the ship for transport. During this process, the steel support structure punctured Fitzgerald’s hull, requiring repairs in port. Both ships returned to anchorage Dec. 1 where final onload preparations continued until departure to ensure safe transport.

Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal on June 17. Seven Sailors lost their lives and the ship was damaged on the starboard side above and below the waterline. The Navy released a comprehensive review of the incident Nov. 1.
CONNECT WITH PACOM
Facebook
265,357
Like Us
Twitter
214,218
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                

IN THE PACOM NEWS
January 11, 2018 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Jan. 10, 2018 marked the beginning of Sentry Aloha 18-1, a
January 11, 2018 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- As a C-17 Globemaster III gains altitude, air pressure
January 11, 2018 - BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Michael E. Boyle relieved Rear Adm. Brad Cooper as
January 10, 2018 - YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet and III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) joined for
January 10, 2018 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON (JBER), Alaska -- For every pilot in the air, there are Airmen on