USS Fitzgerald to undergo two-year restoration and modernisation effort

23 January 2018 (Last Updated January 23rd, 2018 11:31)

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), is set to undergo a restoration and modernisation programme that is expected to last approximately two years.

USS Fitzgerald to undergo two-year restoration and modernisation effort
The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at the port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, aboard the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Credit: US Navy by David Stoltz / Released.

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), is set to undergo a restoration and modernisation programme that is expected to last approximately two years.

The destroyer has arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf from Yokosuka, Japan.

According to the US Navy, USS Fitzgerald is scheduled to be based in the Port of Pascagoula for several days as the heavy lift ship begins the reverse operation of unfastening, lowering and guiding the ship off the platform.

"The restoration and modernisation efforts are set to include works to be carried out on the ship on a land-level facility, followed by an extensive testing and trial period."

The ship is then expected to make its journey to the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard for repairs.

The navy intends to undertake both repair and new construction procedures in order to complete the complex modernisation project.

A wide range of equipment is set to be repaired and / or replaced under the initiative, including the electronic warfare suite, radar, switchboard, gas turbine generator and air-conditioning plant.

In addition, the destroyer will receive upgrades to its hull mechanical and electrical (HM&E) system and combat system, as well as its command, control, communications, computers, collaboration and intelligence technology.

The upgrades were originally planned for installation during the fiscal year 2019 availability, according to a statement made by the US Navy.

The restoration and modernisation efforts are set to include works to be carried out on the ship on a land-level facility, followed by an extensive testing and trial period.

USS Fitzgerald previously suffered damaged on the starboard side above and below the waterline following its collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal in June last year.