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HII Selected to Repair Guided Missile Destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)

Naval Industry News - USA
HII Selected to Repair Guided Missile Destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been selected to repair the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) when it returns to the United States. The ship will be brought to Ingalls’ facilities in Pascagoula for the repairs.
HII to Repair Guided Missile Destroyer USS Fitzgerald DDG 62YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 11, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leonard Adams/Released)
“Ingalls and all of its employees regret the tragic circumstances that will bring the ship to Pascagoula,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, “but it is an honor and a privilege to work with the Navy to return the ship to the fleet in the shortest time possible.”

Ingalls has a history of repairing damaged Navy ships, including the frigate USS Stark (FFG 31) and USS Cole (DDG 67), a guided missile destroyer in the same class as Fitzgerald.

On 17 June 2017, USS Fitzgerald collided with ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container ship. The starboard side of Fitzgerald was seriously damaged. The container ship's bulbous bow penetrated the destroyer's hull below the waterline, flooding a machinery space, the radio room, and two crew berthing spaces. Seven crewmen were reported missing after the collision, but their bodies were found the next day after rescue workers gained access to flooded compartments. Several others were injured, including the ship's commanding officer.