USS Fitzgerald sails for at-sea testing
The US Navy guided-missile destroyer damaged during a collision in 2017 has sailed for at-sea testing following a two-year restoration and modernisation programme.
USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Pascagoula shipyard to conduct a series of demonstrations to evaluate the ship’s onboard systems, including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications and propulsion.
Upon Fitzgerald’s return to the shipyard, crew training and certifications will commence as final work items are completed in support of the ship’s sail away later this spring.
After receiving its full complement of basic and advanced phased training, as well as crew and ship certifications, the USS Fitzgerald will return to the navy fleet mission-ready with improved capabilities and lethality.
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