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USS Fitzgerald arrives for repairs

23rd January 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald has arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for repair and upgrade work.

USS Fitzgerald arrived aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf from Yokosuka, Japan. The vessel is expected to spend several days in the port while the heavy lift ship completes the operation of unfastening, lowering and guiding the ship off the platform.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division was selected to carry out the work by the navy in August, following the vessel's collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal on 17 June. 

HII will use both repair and new construction procedures to accomplish the restoration and modernisation efforts. The restoration will include repair and/or replacement of various hull mechanical and electrical, C4I and combat system equipment, including the electronic warfare suite, radar, switchboard, gas turbine generator and air conditioning plant.

Fitzgerald will also receive a number of upgrades that were originally planned for installation during a fiscal year 2019 availability.

Work on the ship is expected to occur on a land level facility throughout 2018 and one to two quarters of 2019, followed by an extensive test and trials period to ensure all systems and spaces are restored to full functionality and operational capability.

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