USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US

US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) got underway from her forward-deployed homeport in Yokosuka to travel to the US for repairs.

The destroyer departed Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on November 24 to meet heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf and begin her journey to Pascagoula, Mississippi, where it will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Fitzgerald was towed to deep water to begin the heavy lift process, which is expected to last several days.

In the months prior to her departure from Yokosuka, technicians and shipbuilders at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka made significant progress in preparing the ship for the journey, including dewatering, defueling, hull and superstructure repairs, and placing key systems in layup maintenance.

In October, she was moved from dry dock to a pierside location in anticipation of the move.

Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal on June 17. Seven sailors lost their lives and the ship suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline.

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