USS Fitzgerald Arrives at San Diego after two years

USS Fitzgerald Arrives at San Diego Homeport after two years
The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at homeport at Naval Base San Diego following more than two years of restoration and modernization at Huntington Ingalls Industries.(Photo:U.S.Navy)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived at its homeport in San Diego, July 02, following more than two years of restoration and modernization after the warship was damaged during a collision in 2017, the U.S. Navy announced.

Throughout the restoration period, the U.S. Navy made it a priority to ensure USS Fitzgerald returned to a peak state of warfighting readiness to contribute to an agile and dynamic fleet.

The USS Fitzgerald crew completed multiple training and certification events, such as Navigation Assessment and Light Off Assessment (LOA), to ensure the crew was at peak readiness to operate the ship. The crew also completed 140 simulator hours prior to starting Basic Phase. Additionally, Fitzgerald already completed three of the 23 certifications, Search and Rescue, Medical, and Anti-Terrorism, which are required for all naval surface ships prior to operational tasking. While in San Diego, the crew will continue to conduct simulator and at-sea training in order to be ready to operate the ship at sea. The ship will complete extensive training and certification through Basic, Advanced, and Integrated phases of training, in strict adherence to the results and recommendations from the SECNAV Readiness Review (SRR) and the Comprehensive Review (CR).

To restore the impacted spaces of USS Fitzgerald arrived at its homeport in San Diego, July 02, following more than two years of restoration and modernization after the warship was damaged during a collision in 2017 to full operations and functionality, various Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E), Combat System (CS) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C5I) repairs were completed. These repairs ranged from partial to complete refurbishment of impacted spaces, to replacement of equipment such as the radar and electronic warfare suite; the ship also received HM&E, Combat System and C5I modernization upgrades.

Due to the extent and complexity of the restoration, both repair and new construction procedures were used to accomplish the restoration and modernization efforts.

Prior to departing Pascagoula for San Diego, Fitzgerald’s crew began a pre-movement sequester on May 23 in accordance with U.S. Navy pre-deployment guidelines—compliance with Navy and CDC guidance is critical to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

USS Fitzgerald after the collision
Early on 17 June 2017, the United States Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with MV ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container ship, about 80 nautical miles (150 kilometres; 92 miles) southwest of Tokyo, Japan

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