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HII Awarded $29.4M Planning Contract for USS Fitzgerald Restoration; Total Repairs Estimated at $370M

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 11, 2017. US Navy Photo

The shipyard tasked restoring the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) was awarded a $29.4 million for the initial planning work to repair the warship, according to a recent Pentagon contract announcement.

The service announced the ship would be repaired at Huntington Ingalls Industries yard in Mississippi in August.

Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship on June 17 resulting in the death of seven sailors in a shipping channel off the coast of Japan. In addition to a hole punched in the ship below the waterline, the collision damaged to several high-end electronic systems, such as the integrated radio room on the ship and the starboard forward array of the ship’s A/N-SPY1D(v) air search radar.

“This initial planning and preparation phase of an availability will include a combination of restoration and modernization of USS Fitzgerald,” read the announcement.
“USS Fitzgerald is planned to arrive at Ingalls Shipbuilding in December 2017 via heavy lift ship.”

The service is set to award a modification to cover the full restoration in December, the announcement said.

According to an early Navy estimate obtained by USNI News, the total cost of the repair to Fitzgerald is about $367 million — to include the transport and refurbishment. The repair will take more than a year and be paired with a planned modernization for the ship that was planned before the collision.

The Navy is also evaluating repairs to USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) that was struck by a merchant tanker on Aug. 21 off of Singapore that resulted in the death of ten sailors. The ship set to be taken to the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan by heavy-lift transport for further evaluation. Early estimates put the repair cost at $223 million. It’s unclear if the ship will have to be transported back to the United States.

The following is the complete contract announcement.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. – Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being awarded a $29,378,128 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for initial planning of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) emergent repair and restoration. This initial planning and preparation phase of an availability will include a combination of restoration and modernization of USS Fitzgerald. USS Fitzgerald is planned to arrive at Ingalls Shipbuilding in December 2017 via heavy lift ship. A contract modification to incorporate full restoration and modernization scope is anticipated December 2017. The initial phase of work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $29,378,128 will be obligated at time of award and contract funds in the amount of $29,378,128 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The contract was awarded on a sole-source basis under an unusual and compelling urgency basis (Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)) FAR 6.302-2 as outlined in Justification and Approval 41,320 dated Aug. 28, 2017. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-17-C-4444).

  • BlueSky47

    If Duane-y was here he’d say “This could never happen to the LCS, since it has the most advanced sensors and automated systems-bar none. In fact, it’s so advanced, it removes the human element thus eliminating human error that leads to lose of life, as we see in the case of these ancient, old, and outdate so-called destroyers having all of these accidents.”

    • Kev789

      It wouldn’t have happened in the same way since it would have sunk.

      • BlueSky47

        and it would’ve sunk is mere minutes, taking most of the crew with it

    • Duane

      It’s all about the human element. Ship types don’t kill sailors, bad operations kill sailors.

      But go ahead, continue your life’s work of endless, repetitive, annoying LCS trolling … it apparently gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Or maybe maybe USNI is your assigned “station” over at the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg.

      • BlueSky47

        and Duane’y, like you said many times, no sailor that has served on an LCS has ever lost their lives or even been hurt. Well, when the Sir Robin LCS are actually tasked with doing REAL things, instead of ‘showing the flag’, being tied to the pier, or being in drydock, then things will change. After all, no can get hurt if they’re sitting in their living room all the time. But of course, we all know that’ll never happen because the LCS can’t do any REAL things.

        • Duane

          You mean “real things” like steaming in the extremely crowded shipping lanes near Singapore/Malacca Strait, without running into other ships? Well, LCS have been doing that routinely for the last 3 years.

          • BlueSky47

            well then, it’s a good thing the Sir Robin LCS-bar none class has it’s ‘show the flag’ module up and working full-time to validate the concept eh, because none of the other modules work as intended

  • DaSaint

    If this can come in at $367 million, they’ll be fortunate. Some estimates placed the overall restoration and modernization at $500 million or more. Will also be interesting if the Fitz doesn’t have to be repaired in the U.S. My hunch is that it too will head home for repairs.

    • @USS_Fallujah

      I think you means the McCain. If the damage is more mechanical and not related to the combat & communications systems the repairs can likely be performed in Japan.

      • DaSaint

        Quite right! The McCain is what I meant to refer to.

  • Western

    A dearth of information thus far on the causes of these collisions, both from civilian and military agencies. Any updates?

  • @USS_Fallujah

    Interesting that the $29m contract covers planning for both the repair and the modernization. Curious how this will affect the modernization part of the contract and how much overlap their is between the two.

    • DaSaint

      Well they were going to modernize her anyway, so this planning will just advance the advanced planning for that modernization, and incorporate the repair work as well. There’s a significant subsequent modification to the contract to come.

  • leroy

    Ah ha! Told ya (along with poster Duane I believe) that enemies and terrorists could use this tracking beacon the Navy is gonna use, AIS, to “prevent” collisions in densely-trafficked sea lanes. This today from Stars & Stripes:

    Twitter users appear to track Navy ships using newly activated beacons

    “Naval enthusiasts are tweeting what they believe are U.S. warship positions after commanders ordered the vessels to activate their beacons while in congested waters to avoid collisions.”

    Etc. Etc. Go there and read it.

    Bad idea. We shouldn’t need this type of a “give away our location” transponder when we have radar, watchstanders, lookouts, bridge crew, etc.

    • Matthew Schilling

      Well, once crews can be trusted with billion dollar ships again, we can turn off the AIS, but not until then. Sorry.

      • leroy

        A temporary fix? OK. I can agree with that.

    • El_Sid

      AIS is only going on “in congested waters” – by definition any serious enemy woulld be tracking US ships in such waters anyway, quite possibly just with binoculars. Most NATO ships have had AIS on in congested waters for years, it’s really not a big deal.

  • Pete Ford

    While both damaged ships are out of service, the Navy should consider going to Flight III with them and add the SPY-6. Why not! Already going to be in for a long repair.

  • brindle

    Rather amazing that the Navy does not have the ability to move these ships and has to pay millions to private companies to do it. It seems that there would not likely be enough call for such a private company to even exist for commercial operations only. Oh well, just another few hundred million for the taxpayers to absorb.

  • Ed L

    The days of our Navy having auxilary floating drydocks that were towed from place to place are long gone.