USS Fitzgerald Scheduled to Move to Dry Dock
By Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet Public Affairs Office
| July 10, 2017
The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart)
YOKOSUKA Japan -- USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is scheduled to move into a dry dock on Fleet Activities Yokosuka July 11 to continue repairs and assessments of the damage sustained from a June 17 collision with the merchant vessel ACX Crystal.
Preparations for the move included installation of a temporary patch on the hull beneath the water line as well as dewatering and defueling of affected spaces. Fitzgerald Sailors participated in all preparations and continue to resume their normal routine.
During the docking period, the technical community will conduct assessments that will inform options for long term repairs.
Fitzgerald is an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer forward deployed to Yokosuka as part of U.S. 7th Fleet since September 2004.