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$3.1 Million Contract Awarded to Transport USS Fitzgerald From Japan to Mississippi Shipyard

YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 13, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. This view shows damage above the waterline to the outside skin of the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk/Released)

The Navy has awarded a Houston shipping company a $3.1 million contract to move the stricken guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) to the Gulf Coast for repairs.

“Patriot Shipping, based out of Houston, Texas, has been awarded the contract to move Fitzgerald from Yokosuka, Japan, to Pascagoula, Mississippi where the ship will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries,” read a statement from the service.

According to the Aug. 4 Fed Biz Opps solicitation, the Navy was looking for, “one U.S. or foreign flag Float On/Float Off (FLO/FLO) vessel capable of transporting an ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyer from [the] Far East to U.S. Gulf Coast or U.S. East Coast.”

Last week, the service announced it would repair the destroyer that collided with a merchant ship on June 17 off the coast of Japan at destroyer Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

The incident resulted in the death of seven sailors and hundreds of millions of damage to the ship due to flooding.

MV Blue Marlin transporting USS Cole from Yemen following the 2000 attack on the ship. US Navy Photo

Due to the extent of the damage, the Navy made the determination only an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer builder could fix the damage to Fitzgerald. Estimates from naval experts provided to USNI News indicate the final total of repairs for the destroyer could top $500 million.

“Only [Ingalls] has the available capacity to restore USS Fitzgerald to full operational status in the shortest period of time with minimal disruption to ongoing repair and new construction work,” the service said last week.

The last time the Navy had to move a destroyer a similar distance was in 2000 following the terrorist attack on USS Cole (DDG-67) in Yemen.

The Navy paid $4.5 million at the time to hire MV Blue Marlin to move the ship – about twice the current contract amount to move Fitzgerald in 2017 dollars.

  • El_Sid

    Might not be the best time to be placing contracts with a Houston company….

  • BlueSky47

    I’m surprised that Duane isn’t here saying “this would never happen to the LCS, the LCS wouldn’t be danaged so severely, the LCS is tougher-bar none, the LCS sea-frame is stronger than the Arleigh Burke, the LCS is…”

  • Jerry Burke

    The Fitzgerald, the McCain – perhaps the Navy should develop this capacity for transportation itself.

  • publius_maximus_III

    The Pacific is a much bigger pond to cross than the Atlantic. This could be an interesting transit, especially this time of year. Typhoon season runs May-Oct, about the same as hurricane season in the U.S. Would not want to encounter a major storm with cargo like that. Better lash ‘er down good.

    • johnbull

      The deployment to Far East does require increased logistical support. If it can’t be repaired in Japan, we should build up the capacity of Pearl Harbor NSY to do it.

      • publius_maximus_III

        Not much better. Distance from Yokosuka to Pearl Harbor is 3,854 miles.

        The Pacific is E-u-u-g-e.

  • Some dark humor, how about a quantity discount? McCain probably needs a trip stateside also. But a Japanese ship yard could do the work. They are quite compatible, look at their DDG’s. MMCS(SW)(SS) USN Ret.

  • W Horn

    With the Navy’s shift of emphasis to the Pacific and the increasing saturation of our repair and maintenance facilities there, we are overdue for the US Government to establish a new yard, either public or private, capable of accomplishing this kind of repair work as well as potential battle damage. The Navy has more ships than necessary infrastructure to support what it has.

  • Jim Geuin

    So, why aren’t they repairing in Yoko, and shipping the parts out there by air?

    • DaSaint

      You don’t ships module sections of a ship by air. The ship repair yard there is just that, a repair yard. They don’t have the capacity to fabricate and mill the shapes and panels necessary to do this, only a build yard does.