Destroyer Damaged During Transport onto Transshelf 

The U.S. Navy experienced yet another setback on Nov 26, 2017, when the crippled destroyer USS “Fitzgerald” was damaged as it was being loaded onto the “Transshelf” to be taken to Mississippi for repairs. The guided-missile destroyer was towed out to deep water to begin the heavy lift process on Nov 24.

The “Fitzgerald” sustained two punctures to her hull from the “Transshelf”‘s steel support structure during load at anchorage, and was forced to return to its home port in Yokosuka. Repairs were expected to extend the on-load process by a few days, after which the “Transshelf” will transport Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for further repairs and upgrades.

Prior to the incident, the USS “Fitzgerald” had already seen minor improvements, including de-watering, de-fueling, hull and superstructure repairs and having key systems placed in lay-up maintenance.


Source: Vessel Tracker .com